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Space junk just slammed into the ISS and damaged its arm

June 1st, 2021

As if we needed another timely reminder that space junk is becoming a serious problem, the International Space Station now has a bit of additional damage thanks to a piece of debris traveling at high speeds around Earth. The Canadian Space Agency reported the existence of a hole in the robotic arm known as Canadarm2 …

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon had a near-miss with space junk

April 26th, 2021

Space junk is a serious problem. I’ve written about this topic at length, and it’s only getting worse with time. Every satellite that dies in orbit, rocket component that is jettisoned, and wrench that is dropped during a spacewalk adds to the cloud of trash orbiting Earth. This debris poses a serious threat to all …

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Will this finally be the solution to space junk?

March 22nd, 2021

Space junk is a very real problem. It might sound silly to think that the space around Earth is actually getting too cluttered with junk, but it’s true. There are thousands of tons of old spacecraft, defunct satellites, and bits and pieces of manmade trash orbiting our planet, and that material poses some very real …

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Two huge chunks of space junk almost collided over Earth

October 17th, 2020

A discarded Chinese rocket stage and a Soviet-era satellite nearly collided over Earth overnight. The collision would have created a huge amount of new space debris and made our current space junk problem even worse. As we continue to launch more and more satellites, the potential for space junk to impact crewed missions increases. In …

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Earth is surrounded by garbage, and it just keeps getting worse

October 8th, 2020

Space junk is a problem that just won’t go away, and it keeps getting worse. Debris orbiting Earth makes it difficult for space agencies and companies to launch missions, risking damage to spacecraft and humans in crewed missions. SpaceX’s Starlink satellite horde is making things even worse, according to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck. Space …

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A rocket booster from the 1960s may have come back to haunt us

September 23rd, 2020

Astronomers have spotted what appears to be an asteroid headed for Earth orbit. If the object is indeed an asteroid and inserts itself into Earth orbit, it would be considered a “mini-moon,” but not everyone is convinced. Some scientists, including members of NASA, believe the “asteroid” is really just an old rocket booster that has …

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The International Space Station just dodged a collision with space junk

September 23rd, 2020

The International Space Station had to perform an avoidance maneuver to ensure it didn’t collide with a piece of unidentified debris orbiting Earth. The crew took refuge in the Soyuz spacecraft as mission controllers used thrusters to push the space station on a safer course. Space debris is a growing problem and poses a serious …