Gecko grippers get a microgravity test flight (w/ Video)
There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around the Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job?
NASA team proposes to use laser to track orbital debris
(Phys.org) —As participation in space exploration grows worldwide, so does the impact of orbital debris—man-made "space junk" that poses significant hazards to live spacecraft and astronauts should they ...
'Shields to Maximum, Mr. Scott': Researchers use supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecrafts
We know it's out there, debris from 50 years of space exploration—aluminum, steel, nylon, even liquid sodium from Russian satellites—orbiting around the Earth and posing a danger to manned and unmanned ...
Nets, harpoons could be used to haul in space junk (Update)
Nets, harpoons and suicide robots could become weapons of choice to hunt down the space junk threatening crucial communications satellites currently in orbit round Earth, scientists said Thursday.
Researchers set to put brakes on space junk problem
(Phys.org)—Scientists at the University of Glasgow have developed a practical solution to the increasing problem of space debris.
Could plasma jet thrusters 'kickstart' interplanetary travel?
A great offshoot from commercial space companies getting a foothold in real missions to orbit is that the old entrepreneurial space spirit seems to have been revived. People are attempting to develop and ...
Finding ET may require giant robotic leap
(Phys.org) -- Autonomous, self-replicating robots -- exobots -- are the way to explore the universe, find and identify extraterrestrial life and perhaps clean up space debris in the process, according to a Penn State engineer, ...
NASA studying ways to make 'tractor beams' a reality
Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary ...
Satellite landed, exact site not yet known: NASA
A decommissioned NASA satellite, the biggest piece of US space junk to fall in 30 years, has crash-landed but the precise location is not yet known, the US space agency said early Saturday.
NASA refines satellite crash course, a bit
NASA on Thursday refined the crash course of a six-ton defunct satellite, saying it is likely to miss North America, though its exact landing spot remains unknown.
NASA bus-sized satellite to crash-land this week
What goes up must come down. But where?
SETI's telescopes to go back online, resuming hunt for alien life
This week the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute announced that it had raised more than $200,000 from a crowd-sourced fundraising effort that launched earlier this spring. The money, which came from ...
Space station faces steady threat from orbiting space junk
Now that the space shuttle is retired, NASA and space agencies around the world will focus on the International Space Station for the rest of this decade - and cross their fingers that it lasts that long.
European space freighter is destroyed after mission
A robot freighter was destroyed on Tuesday in a scheduled operation after a successful mission to supply the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) said.