Humans have managed to put a whole bunch of stuff in orbit around the Earth, and keeping track of it all is a serious endeavor. Visualizing the sheer number of objects we’ve managed to send into space also helps us appreciate just how vast space really is. These amazing maps illustrate the cloud of man-made objects…
A Brazilian fisherman floating down the Uriandeua river in northern Brazil bumped into perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find in the Amazon: a huge chunk of metal that the UK Space Agency says came from the launch of Europe's largest telecom satellite last year. How in the hell did it get there?
It's time to talk trash! Space trash, to be specific. Trash collection has never really seemed like an enviable job to most of us. But, what if you were collecting trash from outer space? That sounds like what could be the coolest job in the galaxy.
Space junk is a serious if little-appreciated problem. Dead satellites, spent booster rockets, and other orbiting technical garbage place active satellites and manned craft in significant peril. In a culturally appropriate effort, the Swiss Space Center is launching the CleanSpace program to tidy up low-earth orbit.