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Space Junk-Capturing Net Successfully Deployed

In a first, a net was able to track down its target in space.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Will Run Out of Fuel Soon
Dawn has spent nearly a decade studying Ceres and Vesta, but it's ti…
Space Elevators Getting First Test in Space
A long way to go, but a Japanese construction company wants to build…
Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly
Russia: The ISS Air Leak May Have Been Sabotage
The hole discovered by ISS astronauts last week appears machined, ra…
Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly
Astronaut Plugs Leak on Space Station with Finger
The ISS astronauts later used tape and gauze to seal the hole more p…
NASA IMAGE Satellite
NASA Already Lost the Satellite It Just Found in January

The IMAGE satellite was lost in 2005 and rediscovered early this year. Now, NASA says it may have lost it again.

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NASA's New Spacecraft Will Fire High-Powered Lasers at Ice

ICESat-2 will give scientists a clear picture of exactly how polar ice is changing.

Small Satellites Could 3D-Print Their Own Solar Arrays In Space

New technology to 3D-print solar panels in orbit could give small sats much more power.

Here Comes the Space Force? Mike Pence Outlines Steps To Create 6th Branch of the Military

The Trump Administration has been pushing for a Space Force, and we just learned a little more about what that would look like.

Why I Want To Put a Kindle in Space

If an earthbound technology might be revolutionary in space, what does it take to find out?

March 25, 2009 - The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon.
Death Star: The ISS Doesn’t Have a Way to Crash Safely

And by the time we need one, it may be too late.

concept art NEA scout
New NASA Satellite Could Be Powered By a Synthetic Solar Sail

The Near-Earth Asteroid Scout could have a sail made of metamaterials.

3D printed satellite parts
Lockheed Martin Is 3D-Printing Giant Titanium Space Parts

Building huge fuel tanks via 3D printing could show how new manufacturing will revolutionize the launch industry.

NASA's New Climate Satellites Are Pioneering Laser Rangefinding Tech

NASA's recently launched GRACE satellites use a next-generation rangefinding technology that could end up in many future missions.

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5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them

Can Starfleet and the U.S Colonial Space Marines tell us something about Donald Trump's Space Force?

RemoveDEBRIS space junk system
Harpoon-Based Space Junk Capture System Is Getting Space Tested

RemoveDEBRIS will use nets, harpoons and cutting edge 3D mapping technology.

Why Would We Need a U.S. Space Force, Anyway?

An expert discussion about a new military branch becomes a master class on why things need to change

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USSR space laser
The Soviet Laser Space Pistol, Revealed
The USSR honestly did try to build a handheld laser pistol for cosmonauts to carry. It never made it to orbit, though—that we kno…
NOAA's New Weather Satellite Has a Cooling Problem

The problem is affecting one of the satellite's main instruments.

Constellation of small satellites
Why the Pentagon Thinks Small Satellites Can Solve Big Problems
With Russia and China developing anti-satellite weaponry, the U.S. is thinking about distributed networks of smaller, easier-to-upgrade…