Space Debris News
scientists expect the object to carve out a hole 33 feet to 66 feet (10 to 20 meters) across and send moon dust flying hundreds of miles (kilometers) across the barren, pockmarked surface.
Space junk includes old satellites, rocket bodies, and fragments of exploded or decaying spacecraft
While it is said that a fleck of paint can do major damage, the latest weapons test has created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk and endangered the lives of seven astronauts aboard ISS
The Electron rocket will launch the Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan satellite for the first phase of JAXA's Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration Project.
ELSA-d must reattempt the capture-and-release process three more times successfully before Astroscale can consider the mission accomplished.
Hua Chunying said Beijing was being treated unfairly, the American media romanticises their launches and space debris free falls.
It could land anywhere from New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand.
While trying debris removal technologies, it is also imperative that authorities work out the best ways to regulate space activity.
The Space Surveillance Network is supposedly tracking over 28,000 pieces of debris, on top of the 3,600 working satellites in low-Earth orbit.
Takao Doi said all satellites that re-enter Earth’s atmosphere “burn and create tiny alumina particles which will float in the upper atmosphere for many years”.
The object will leave our near neighbourhood in March, shooting back into its orbit around the sun.
The mission will be targeting a part of the Vespa rocket, that is a size of a small satellite itself, which was used to hold and then release a satellite in 2013.
The incident has drawn focus to the increasing traffic in outer space, particularly in low-Earth orbit.
The object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission decades ago, finally making its way back to Earth.
The three crew members abroad relocated to the Soyuz spacecraft as the manoeuvre began, to evacuate if necessary.
The distance to the object was also determined by scientists using a special, powerful 'geodetic' laser.
Decades of space exploration has led to a build-up of more than five lakh pieces of useless artificial objects in space.
The core stage of the rocket was launched on 5 May before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere and crashing off the west coast of northwest Africa.
A US Airforce unit that detects and tracks artificial objects in Earth’s orbit, has identified 65 pieces from the incident.
The mission, ClearSpace-1, is to find and capture Vespa’s upper stage left in orbit after Vega's launch in 2013.