Scientists Calculated The Probability of Falling Space Junk Killing Somebody

Scientists Calculated The Probability of Falling Space Junk Killing Somebody

The chance of someone being killed by space junk falling from the sky may seem ridiculously tiny. After all, nobody has yet died from such an accident, though there have been instances of injury and damage to property. But given that we are launching an increasing number of satellites, rockets and probes into space, do … Read more

Falling Rocket Parts Becoming More Likely to Cause Fatalities

Falling Rocket Parts Becoming More Likely to Cause Fatalities

This Chinese-made Long March 5B Y2 rocket launched in April, 2021, but this type of rocket has been cited at least twice for parts left in orbit striking the Earth upon reentry.Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun (PA) Sorry kids, but when you’re wishing on a falling star, those flashing streaks in the night sky might actually … Read more

China Tests Drag Sail For Removing Space Junk

China Tests Drag Sail For Removing Space Junk

This kite-like space sail will help deorbit a rocket component within two years.Image: Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology Eengineers in China have successfully deployed an ultra-thin sail attached to a rocket part to expedite its departure from low Earth orbit and reduce the amount of space junk lovingly floating above our planet. The 269-square-foot … Read more

Astronomers Found a Crater From The Mystery Rocket That Smashed Into The Moon

Astronomers Found a Crater From The Mystery Rocket That Smashed Into The Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – NASA’s eye-in-the-sky in orbit around the Moon – has found the crash site of the mystery rocket booster that slammed into the far side of the Moon back on 4 March 2022. The LRO images, taken May 25th, revealed not just a single crater, but a double crater formed … Read more

NASA successfully fuels rocket in test for upcoming mission to the Moon despite leak

NASA successfully fuels rocket in test for upcoming mission to the Moon despite leak

NASA’s mission to return man to the Moon has taken a big step forward, following a successful fueling of its giant rocket and a countdown test. The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket test has been beset by delays, with technical and problems thwarting proposed tests in April this year, and financial problems pushing the ambitious … Read more