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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a 300-meter

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Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Space junk is an ongoing problem for the world's space administrations as decades worth of satellite launches and space missions have filled the Earth’s orbit with trash such as fuel tanks, lost tools

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DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped establish the world’s computer networking and technology in the air, land, sea and space—and now they’re turning their intelligent

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Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space junk has rapidly become a major problem for the world's space agencies. Decades of satellite launches and missions have left the Earth’s orbit filled with pieces of junk such as fuel tanks, lost

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Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air

Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air

Space debris (the clutter of dead, lost satellites, rocket boosters and other astronautical junk caught up in Earth's orbit) poses an increasing problem as it circles the globe. Proposed solutions have

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Switzerland to Launch Self-Destructing “Janitor” Satellite to Clean Up Space Junk

Switzerland to Launch Self-Destructing “Janitor” Satellite to Clean Up Space Junk

In the last century earthlings have launched innumerable satellites into the atmosphere - most of which are still floating around messing with operational equipment circling the Earth. Fortunately,

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DARPA’s Phoenix Spacecraft Cannibalizes And Recycles Derelict Satellites

DARPA’s Phoenix Spacecraft Cannibalizes And Recycles Derelict Satellites

Space agencies such as NASA are constantly faced the issue of old satellites decaying in orbit and falling to Earth. Those that don't stay in orbit around the Earth also create potential collision threats

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Italian Scientist Proposes Craft to Clean Up Space Junk

Italian Scientist Proposes Craft to Clean Up Space Junk

Space junk is an ever-increasing threat with decades of discarded fuel tanks, lost tools and parts of derelict satellites threatening to collide with spacecrafts. Over the past few years, scientists have

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NASA Working On Laser System To Zap and ‘Displace’ Space Junk

NASA Working On Laser System To Zap and ‘Displace’ Space Junk

The final frontier is rapidly becoming a junkyard. Decades of satellite launches and space missions have left the Earth's orbit filled with pieces of junk such as fuel tanks, lost tools and parts of

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Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

In a fascinating use of time-tested technology to address uniquely modern problems, Japanese space agency JAXA is teaming up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus

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High-Flying Turbines Could Tap 870 Terawatts of Wind Power

High-Flying Turbines Could Tap 870 Terawatts of Wind Power

You know where there's a lot of wind that could be harvested for energy? The upper layers of the atmosphere, which contain as much as 870 terawatts of power — that's 870 trillion watts! Researchers,

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NASA Set to Launch Solar NanoSail into Space

NASA Set to Launch Solar NanoSail into Space

This year Inhabitat brought you the Japanese space agency's successful deployment and use of a solar sail to propel its spacecraft Ikaros, and now NASA announced plans this week for its own solar sail

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Gigantic Orbiting Balloons Could Solve Space Junk Problem

Gigantic Orbiting Balloons Could Solve Space Junk Problem

Earth is like the Pig-Pen of the solar system: more than 100,000 objects bigger than a centimeter wide hover around our planet, accounting for 4 million pounds of junk that befoul our atmosphere and

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Satellite Service Stations Could Minimize Space Junk

Satellite Service Stations Could Minimize Space Junk

Image by the European Space Agency We've done a bang-up job of polluting both Earth and outer space in the past few decades. Space junk, at least, could be reduced significantly if satellites didn't

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