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2014-09-04 09:04:03

NASA A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.  At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.  From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson,...

2014-08-21 08:22:04

First Academically-led Orbital Debris Research Center will lead workshop to connect academe, industry and government to address critical issues in orbital debris policy, management and mitigation. COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) announced today that registration is open its inaugural workshop aimed to drive collaborative efforts addressing critical issues in orbital debris. The workshop will be November...

Harpoons May Be Used By ESA To Clear Earth's Orbit Of Space Junk
2014-06-24 10:53:21

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is embarking on an age old practice of using harpoons for the future goal of clearing orbits of tumbling satellites and other hazardous space junk. The Earth’s orbit is filled with decades of launched satellites that are no longer being used, along with other space debris that pose a collision threat with ongoing missions. There are more than 17,000 trackable objects floating in Earth’s orbit....

2014-05-22 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with private internet technology company Slooh to engage citizen scientists in the effort to track and characterize near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous to human populations. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Slooh's global network of web-connected telescopes will be available for use by amateur astronomers for...

2014-05-21 08:21:55

New Center to Address Critical Threats to Orbiting Satellites and Other Space Activities COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland (UMD) has announced the establishment of the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) to address critical issues in orbiting space debris and serve as a hub for academic, industry, and government research collaboration. "CODER is the first academically led center established to address the full...

No Real-World Solutions Met During Special Meeting On Space Debris
2014-05-12 08:34:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans have always been good at creating garbage. Just look around and you will find trash, junk and debris everywhere you go: landfills, waterways, city parks, neighborhood streets, forests and highways. While these are all hotbeds of man-made waste, one place in particular is increasingly becoming a huge threat to humanity – and all you have to do is look up. Space debris, or space junk, is a pressing problem for humanity both...

Space Debris Threat From Envisat Explored By University Of Leicester Students
2014-02-20 07:32:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A recently-published paper from physics students at the University of Leicester explores the possibility that a massive observational satellite that lost contact with Earth in 2012 could be the catalyst that sets off a chain of events much like those depicted in the Academy Award-nominated film Gravity. Writing in the Journal of Physics Special Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Department of Physics...

Soviet-era Spy Satellite Burns Up Harmlessly In Earth's Atmosphere
2014-02-17 05:57:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fragments of a Soviet-era spy satellite, which was expected to crash back to Earth, had instead burned up on reentry into the atmosphere on Sunday. Colonel Dmitry Zenin, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, told Itar-Tass news agency that Kosmos-1220, a military signal intelligence satellite, reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up at about 5:58 p.m. local time (8:58 a.m. EST). The satellite, which had been in...

Using Talk Radio To Track Space Debris
2013-12-02 12:42:54

[ Watch the Video: Listening Up For Space Debris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Top-40 mixes being played over the FM airwaves are helping scientists locate space junk orbiting around our planet. Australian astronomers are using pop songs, talk radio and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to help prevent catastrophic space junk collisions. As radio waves bounce around, they deflect off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, which the team is able to take...

Protecting Earth From Asteroids Using Stardust
2013-11-18 17:41:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new research program is bringing experts together to help protect our planet from asteroids that could become catastrophes. The Stardust program is the first research-based training network of its kind, bringing together some of the world’s best experts on asteroids and space debris. An open training school is being held at the University of Strathclyde this week in the first step to train the next generation of scientists,...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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