News tagged with space debris

Finding ET may require giant robotic leap

( -- 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, ...

dateApr 18, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Twenty-two thousand trips around the planet

Four years after its launch, Swisscube, the small satellite developed by EPFL's Space Center, is still in operation. Some of the technological choices made and considered audacious at the time have yielded valuable lessons ...

dateOct 21, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Big laser for small debris

Remember how Imperial destroyers smashed asteroids in 'The Empire Strikes backs'? You can almost consider that old fashioned. Thanks to the CLEANSPACE project, space debris as small as 1 cm could soon be tracked down by Earth-based ...

dateJun 04, 2014 in Space Exploration
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A new way to see space – even its junk

When a large radio telescope in the Australian outback was unveiled last week its improved sensitivity was immediately apparent. It transformed images of supernova remnants taken with last year's equipment from undefined ...

dateJul 18, 2013 in Astronomy
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Solar systems around dead Suns?

( -- Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers have found that at least 1 in 100 white dwarf stars show evidence of orbiting asteroids and rocky planets, suggesting these objects ...

dateApr 20, 2009 in Astronomy
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