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“Orbital debris”

Jan 16, 2014 12:14 PM ET // AFP
Japanese space scientists are set to trial a tether they hope will help pull junk out of orbit around Earth, clearing up tonnes of planetary clutter.
Jun 13, 2013 03:30 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The space station's trusty old Treadmill Vibration Isolation System will be dumped in July after being superseded by the recently installed Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (C.O.L.B.E.R.T.) Continue reading →
Aug 13, 2010 02:28 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Who's the biggest space polluter on the planet? Why that would be China.
Oct 15, 2010 01:47 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Three and a half years after China intentionally blew up a satellite as part of a weapons test, 97 percent of the debris remains in orbit.
Nov 13, 2012 02:43 AM ET // Irene Klotz
The International Space Station and other spacecraft that fly relatively close to Earth have a new orbital road hazard.
Sep 8, 2011 08:16 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A defunct NASA science satellite will be plunging back to Earth soon, sparking concerns that some debris might shower down on populated areas.
Jun 28, 2011 11:30 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Tuesday morning, space station astronauts took shelter in their Soyuz "lifeboats" as space debris passed uncomfortably close to the orbiting outpost.