As the number of satellites in orbit increase, so will the possibilities of space debris. There are currently 8,000 satellites in orbit, but hundreds of thousands more are being proposed.
Countries have submitted applications for hundreds of thousands of new satellites to be launched. The scale poses challenges for overcrowding orbit, with environmental and safety challenges.
Starlink satellites emit bright, unintended and unexpected signals that can be detected by radio telescopes.
An artist’s rendering of debris floating through Earth’s orbit.
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Treaties meant to ensure sustainability in space don’t currently regulate private companies, and not every country has signed on to an agreement for sustainable space exploration.
An illustration of the asteroid Psyche, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.
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Liftoff to the distant asteroid is scheduled for Oct. 5, 2023 – the beginning of a six-year journey to one of the most unusual objects in the solar system.
The ‘space economy’ isn’t just rockets and space suits – satellite data, radio and TV are all part of a broadly-defined space economy.
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With commercial space tourism on the rise and NASA planning to return to the Moon, you might think the US space economy is booming – but the data paint a more complex picture.
While Black and Hispanic workers made up 14% and 19% of the population in 2021, they made up only 9% and 8% of the STEM workforce.
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Diverse teams can not only solve engineering problems more effectively, but the outcomes tend to be more inclusive, as a geographer and feminist scholar explains.
A coronal mass ejection on the solar surface.
We’re currently a few years into the 25th studied solar cycle. An 11-year period of sun activity, this solar cycle is more active than previously expected.
The Artemis I Launch in November 2022.
A new survey catalogs Americans’ expectations about the future of space, from NASA to SpaceX. Two space policy experts describe how these results stack up against the current state of space affairs.
Ready or not, sex in space will be happening within the decade.
The Moon marks new territory for commercial, military and geopolitical interests.
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While a return to the Moon will allow the U.S. to collaborate with other nations interested in space, this endeavor is also complicated by geopolitical tensions.
Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, launched from a spaceport in Texas.
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The launch of a new rocket is always an exciting event. SpaceX’s ‘go fast and fail’ approach means that even though the test ended with engineers blowing up the rocket, it was a valuable first flight.
Both the U.S. and China have plans to establish bases on the Moon in the near future.
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China has invested massively in its space capabilities in recent years and is now a major competitor with the US. But according to a space policy expert, the US still dominates space by most measures.
An artist’s impression of the 30,000 or so space debris orbiting around the Earth.
How might the space industry reduce its ecological footprint and better manage the debris it leaves in its wake?
Radio observatories like the Green Bank Telescope are in radio quiet zones that protect them from interference.
Many telescopes use the radio spectrum to learn about the cosmos. Just as human development leads to more light pollution, increasing numbers of satellites are leading to more radio interference.
SpaceX’s Starlink service is slowly arriving in Africa, starting with Nigeria and Rwanda.
Internet access opens up the world in many ways.
Proponents of mining in space often point to the potential benefits for Earth and its people. But this research casts doubt on many of them.
Artist’s impression of Starship cruising past the Moon.
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From space agency missions to private space launches, 2023 will be an exciting year in space.
The space shuttle Atlantis was one of the last major launches aboard a NASA rocket.
After its fourth delay, the Artemis 1 launch is now scheduled for Nov. 16, 2022. NASA has a history of missing launch deadlines, but the private sector is slowly making launches more reliable.
Peter Thiel: his plan to build a bunker-type lodge in remote NZ was stymied.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Survival of the Richest is less about tech billionaires and their ‘bonkers’ escape plans than it is an entertaining primer on the various ills of late capitalism.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on September 10 — with 34 Starlink satellites and a rideshare package for AST SpaceMobile. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
Starlink has plans to connect phones, planes and even cruises to its space satellites. But there are hold-ups.