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Canada backing startup to boost data on space debris

Paris - The Canadian government’s contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics to provide commercially available data about the Earth and its orbit amid growing concerns about the risks posed by space debris.

Japan-based firm to use magnet to ‘dock’ orbiting junk

Tokyo - Astroscale Holdings Inc. is preparing to rendezvous with, capture and dock a test satellite early next year to show how its technology can help clear orbiting junk, Miki Ito, 36, general manager of Astroscale's Japan unit, said in an interview.

British-led mission successfully harpoons 'orbital debris'

A British-led mission successfully tested a harpoon that's designed to spear space junk and capture it in orbit for the first time. Airbus carried out the successful experiment as part of the RemoveDebris project.

'Space junk' has become an increasingly serious problem

The human race has turned out to be rather messy, filling our ocean's with plastic pieces and our roads with trash. But space has become our new trash heap, with over 750,000 pieces of space junk one centimeter or larger, circling the Earth.

Annual Perseid meteor shower to be extra spectacular this year

Late July is the beginning of a trifecta of spectacular, heavenly fireworks shows. Beginning with the Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids, peaking tonight, they are but the warm-up act for the big show in August, the Perseid meteor showers.

Shepherds discover 'UFO' lying in a field in Spain

A bunch of shepherds made a fascinating discovery while out tending their sheep in southeastern Spain. A strange object had apparently fallen from the sky into a field.

We may see a meteor shower this week

We may have a new meteor shower this week. It will be something that we have never seen before if we get to see it at all. Scientists do not even know if it will occur at all.

Swiss scientists building 'janitor satellite' to clean space junk

Geneva - Swiss scientists are sick and tired of the mess up in space orbiting the planet. This is why they are launching a "janitor satellite" called CleanSpace One, which is designed to help clean up space from all of the debris and junk.

NASA Fears Satellite Crashing To Earth

A large defunct satellite is about to crash to earth during the next few weeks, but nobody knows exactly when or where. What are the odds of space junk hitting a person or a building?

Group warns UN space debris could make the use of space difficult

New York - An international group has briefly warned the United Nations that orbital space debris could make space missions and the general use of space quite difficult in the future and the geopolitical situation could make the solution even harder.

Op-Ed: Slopfest in space- Orbital debris problem needs fixing

How Not To Deal With A Problem: Stick hundreds of billions of dollars worth of satellites in space, and don’t bother to figure out how to keep them safe. Orbiting garbage missed the International Space Station this week, no thanks to anyone.
 

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This is ELSA-d Servicer. It carries the rendezvous and magnetic capture mechanisms.
This is ELSA-d Servicer. It carries the rendezvous and magnetic capture mechanisms.
Astroscale
Two shepherds found a mysterious object which had fallen from the sky into a field.
Two shepherds found a mysterious object which had fallen from the sky into a field.
Guardia Civil
Two Spanish shepherds discovered a strange object lying in a field. It turned out to possibly be par...
Two Spanish shepherds discovered a strange object lying in a field. It turned out to possibly be part of a rocket.
Guardia Civil
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NASA
Space debris in low-earth orbit  shown here in a computer-generated image  will be given a new light...
Space debris in low-earth orbit, shown here in a computer-generated image, will be given a new light, or beam, thanks to multi-million dollar contracts the US Air Force awareded to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
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Space Shuttle Endeavour had a major impact on its radiator during STS-118. The entry hole is about ...
Space Shuttle Endeavour had a major impact on its radiator during STS-118. The entry hole is about ​1⁄4 inch, and the exit hole is twice as large.
NASA
A chunk of space junk that fell to Earth.
A chunk of space junk that fell to Earth.
NASA

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