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Space junk on 5,800 mph collision course with moon
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Space junk on 5,800 mph collision course with moon

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.

27,000 man-made objects in Earth orbit, and counting: Space junk is here to stay
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27,000 man-made objects in Earth orbit, and counting: Space junk is here to stay

Space junk includes old satellites, rocket bodies, and fragments of exploded or decaying spacecraft

Russia puts International Space Station at risk after conducting anti-satellite missile test
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Russia puts International Space Station at risk after conducting anti-satellite missile test

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

Astroscale signs contract with Rocket Lab to launch its orbital debris removal demo mission in 2023
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Astroscale signs contract with Rocket Lab to launch its orbital debris removal demo mission in 2023

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.

Astroscale successfully demonstrated its space junk collection satellite can clear orbital debris
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Astroscale successfully demonstrated its space junk collection satellite can clear orbital debris

ELSA-d must reattempt the capture-and-release process three more times successfully before Astroscale can consider the mission accomplished.

China defends rocket debris, says it's held to different standards than other countries
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China defends rocket debris, says it's held to different standards than other countries

Hua Chunying said Beijing was being treated unfairly, the American media romanticises their launches and space debris free falls.

Debris from China's Long March 5B rocket is hurtling towards Earth, expected to crash next week
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Debris from China's Long March 5B rocket is hurtling towards Earth, expected to crash next week

It could land anywhere from New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand.

Debris removal: Space law is an important part in the fight against space junk
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Debris removal: Space law is an important part in the fight against space junk

While trying debris removal technologies, it is also imperative that authorities work out the best ways to regulate space activity.

Japan-UK private mission to demonstrate new space debris removal service on 22 March
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Japan-UK private mission to demonstrate new space debris removal service on 22 March

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.

Japan plans to create wooden satellites which they hope will cut down on space junk
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Japan plans to create wooden satellites which they hope will cut down on space junk

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”.

Mystery space object circling Earth is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid: NASA
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Mystery space object circling Earth is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid: NASA

The object will leave our near neighbourhood in March, shooting back into its orbit around the sun.

ESA signs 102 million dollar deal with Swiss startup to bring back space junk
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ESA signs 102 million dollar deal with Swiss startup to bring back space junk

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.

Roscosmos claims an ISRO satellite made dangerous pass of a Russian satellite
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Roscosmos claims an ISRO satellite made dangerous pass of a Russian satellite

The incident has drawn focus to the increasing traffic in outer space, particularly in low-Earth orbit.

Earth to get a mini-moon in November: NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket
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Earth to get a mini-moon in November: NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

The object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission decades ago, finally making its way back to Earth.

International Space Station makes manoeuvre to avoid collision with space debris
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International Space Station makes manoeuvre to avoid collision with space debris

The three crew members abroad relocated to the Soyuz spacecraft as the manoeuvre began, to evacuate if necessary.

Space debris detected in broad daylight for the first time using a powerful laser instrument
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Space debris detected in broad daylight for the first time using a powerful laser instrument

The distance to the object was also determined by scientists using a special, powerful 'geodetic' laser.

Russian space research startup StartRocket plans to remove space debris using foam
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Russian space research startup StartRocket plans to remove space debris using foam

Decades of space exploration has led to a build-up of more than five lakh pieces of useless artificial objects in space.

Space debris weighing 18,000 kgs from a Chinese rocket crashes into the Atlantic Ocean
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Space debris weighing 18,000 kgs from a Chinese rocket crashes into the Atlantic Ocean

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.

Issue of space debris brought back into focus after Russian rocket breaks down above Indian Ocean
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Issue of space debris brought back into focus after Russian rocket breaks down above Indian Ocean

A US Airforce unit that detects and tracks artificial objects in Earth’s orbit, has identified 65 pieces from the incident.

Swiss startup ClearSpace signs contract with ESA to make space debris-free
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Swiss startup ClearSpace signs contract with ESA to make space debris-free

The mission, ClearSpace-1, is to find and capture Vespa’s upper stage left in orbit after Vega's launch in 2013.