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Swiss Scientists Working On New 'Janitor Satellite'
2012-02-16 05:51:54

Swiss scientists said they are planning to launch a satellite specifically designed to help get rid of space junk. The "janitor satellite" will cost $11-million and is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). EPFL said its launch would come within three to five years. On its first mission the CleanSpace One will grab one of two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010. According to NASA, over 500,000 pieces of space...

NASA Called Upon to Create Plan For Dealing With Space Junk
2011-09-02 04:18:43

  While NASA has "responsibly" used its resources in detecting meteoroids and orbital debris, the growing amount of space junk and the danger it poses to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) requires additional funding for the U.S. space agency's detection and monitoring efforts, the National Research Council says in a new report. According to an article by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, officials involved with the report, which was commissioned by NASA, claim that...

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2010-07-30 05:55:00

Debris from a Chinese satellite that had concerned scientists earlier Thursday is now not expected to pose a threat to the International Space Station, according to NASA officials. NASA said the debris will come no closer than 5 miles to the space station. It said no crew action is necessary and operations will not be affected. Mission Control gave the Expedition 24 crew the all-clear at 12:45 pm EDT. Earlier on Thursday, NASA reported that a piece of debris from a Chinese satellite may...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'