space junk

  • The Kessler syndrome

    Meet the man who predicted the threat of space junk.

    In Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves, he imagines that the Earth’s moon breaking into seven pieces. This being a...

    Astronomy October 24, 2021
  • Mountains of space junk could carry us to Mars

    New project aims to recycle and refine space trash into rocket fuel.

    Space is big. Really big. And there's not much up there – except all the trash. And that's suddenly become a valuable...

    Space Exploration October 20, 2021
  • ISS struck by space junk

    International Space Station’s robotic arm punctured by mystery object.

    Space can be an unforgiving environment, even for a spacecraft. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has just reported tha...

    News June 2, 2021
  • Rocket debris draws international criticism

    Remnants of China’s biggest rocket splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

    A large, uncontrolled piece of rocket debris hurtled towards Earth over the weekend – more than 20 tonnes travelling ...

    News May 12, 2021
  • Space debris? SCOOP it up!

    An innovative proposal might make all the difference to de-junking near-Earth space.

    A network of mobile observatories deployed across Australia’s vast expanse could be a new weapon in the battle agains...

    Astrophysics March 12, 2021
  • SpaceWatch: spiral arms and space junk

    News of space exploration, astrophysics and astronomy.

    Mars is space flavour of the month, with three spacecraft on their way and suggestions of a possible icy past, but th...

    Astronomy August 5, 2020
  • Using asteroid science to track space debris

    It’s about the environment as well as safety. Richard A. Lovett reports.

    Scientists trying to track the cloud of space debris that threatens to make it ever more risky to launch and maintain...

    Space January 30, 2019
  • Space junk hunter-killer satellites are on the way

    Australian researchers take aim at hundreds of thousands of bits of debris orbiting the Earth. Al...

    Millions of pieces of space junk, many only the size of a fleck of paint, orbit the Earth.NASAAustralian researchers ...

    Space October 4, 2018
  • Space junk: Catastrophe on the horizon

    More and more debris is cluttering space, threatening our satellites and rockets. Can we clean up...

    An artist’s impression of the Kosmos 2251 and Iridium 33 collision, the result of too many objects in low-Earth orbit...

    Space August 17, 2015