A composite image showing rows of Starlink satellites awaiting deployment into low Earth orbit in front of a picture of Earth taken from the International Space Station. (Image credit: SpaceX via X)

SpaceX deorbiting 100 older Starlink satellites to ‘keep space safe and sustainable’

A composite image showing rows of Starlink satellites awaiting deployment into low Earth orbit in front of a picture of Earth taken from the International Space Station. (Image credit: SpaceX via X) By Brett Tingley, Published by Space.com, 14 February 2024 There are still well over 5,000 operational Starlink satellites

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As crippled Peregrine moon lander burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, Astrobotic ‘excited for the next adventure’

Astrobotic's private Peregrine moon lander suffered an anomaly after separating from its Vulcan Centaur rocket on Jan. 8, 2024. (Image credit: ULA) By Brett Tingley, Published by Space.com, 19 January 2024 'There's a lot that worked, and that is something I'm very proud of.' Astrobotic remains upbeat about its Peregrine lunar

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International Space Station

Shutting down the International Space Station: NASA’s bold plans to land outpost in ocean

International Space Station (from Society for Science) By Eric Lagatta, Published by USA Today, 16 January 2024 After two decades, NASA is laying the groundwork for plans to safely deorbit and land the International Space Station, the largest of its kind ever built, by 2030. The International Space Station has been continuously

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Over the past six years, governments proposed launching over one million satellites, but where will they all go?

By Ewan Wright and Andrew FallePublished by The Conversation, 7 November 2023 In September 2021, Rwanda announced that it was planning to launch over 300,000 satellites. Three months later, a Canadian company, having previously launched two dozen CubeSats, said it would launch an additional 100,000. Then, a French company did likewise. And SpaceX, which

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Burned-up space junk pollutes Earth’s upper atmosphere, NASA planes find

By Tereza Pultarova, Published by Space.com, 19 October 2023 Chemicals created by fiery satellite re-entries could affect Earth's climate. Scientists have long thought that the burning up of space junk in Earth's atmosphere creates air pollution that can affect the planet's climate. Now, for the first time, they've managed to

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NOAA scientists link exotic metal particles in the upper atmosphere to rockets, satellites

The view from NASA’s WB-57 cockpit during a SABRE high-altitude research flight. Credit: NASA Published by NOAA Research, 16 October 2023 NOAA scientists investigating the stratosphere have found that in addition to meteoric ‘space dust,’ the atmosphere more than seven miles above the surface is peppered with particles containing a

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