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Taking space junk seriously

As close calls between satellites and debris in orbit become more frequent, the U.S. government is signaling that it's time to take the threats posed by space junk seriously. Why it matters: There are thousands of pieces of space junk circling the Earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour,…
bubmag
August 9, 2022
Space Debris

India’s latest rocket flies but payloads don’t prosper

India's small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV) made a spectacular debut launch on Sunday, but the mission fell short of overall success when two satellites were inserted into the incorrect orbit, rendering them space junk. The SSLV was developed to carry payloads of up to 500kg to low Earth orbits on…
bubmag
August 8, 2022
Space Debris

Falling Space Debris is a Bigger Menace Than Ever

History remembers October 4, 1957, a lot better than it remembers January 4, 1958—though in recent weeks, the second date is coming to loom larger than the first. October 4, 1957, was the day the Soviet Union Launched Sputnik—the world’s first satellite—an achievement that heralded the start of the space…
bubmag
August 5, 2022
Space Debris

SpaceX debris discovered in Australian sheep paddock

SYDNEY: A charred chunk of space junk found jutting from a paddock by an Australian sheep farmer was confirmed to be part of one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX missions by authorities Thursday. The ethereal-looking debris, believed to have plummeted to Earth on July 9, was found last week in Dalgety…
bubmag
August 4, 2022
Space Debris

Space Junk Found In Australia Linked To SpaceX Mission

Three pieces of space junk found in Australia have been linked to a mission by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the country’s space agency said. “The agency has confirmed the debris is from a SpaceX mission and continues to engage with our counterparts in the U.S., as well as other parts of…
bubmag
August 3, 2022
Space Debris

Space Junk Crashing All Over the World, Upsetting Everyone

Illustration of debris reentering. Image: PaulFleet via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Rocket debris from two different orbital missions has come crashing down to Earth in recent weeks, ending up in rural Australia and off the coast of the Philippines,…
bubmag
August 1, 2022
Space Debris

China’s hurtling space junk again draws NASA’s ire

Remnants of a Chinese rocket launched last week hurtled back into Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, prompting a stern rebuke from the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over how Beijing handles its space junk. The Chinese Manned Space Agency said in a post on Weibo that most of…
bubmag
August 1, 2022
Space Debris

NASA Releases Statement on Chinese Space Debris

By NASA July 30, 2022 A Long March-5B Y3 rocket blasting off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan. Credit: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator released this statement Saturday, July 30 regarding debris from the Chinese…
bubmag
July 31, 2022