NASA JPL Gecko-Inspired Gripping Technology Performs Tests in Microgravity

A grappling tool developed by researchers at NASA JPL uses switchable adhesives to grapple non-cooperative objects in microgravity. Photo Credit: NASA

More than 500,000 pieces of space debris orbit Earth, traveling at speeds up to 175,000 mph. A small piece of space debris traveling at these velocities could significantly damage a spacecraft or a […]

Litterbugs in Space: Why the Growing Cloud of Debris in Orbit Needs to Be Cleaned Up

Artist’s concept showing thousands of satellites and other debris orbiting Earth. Photo Credit: ESA

Since 1957, there have been almost 7,000 satellites launched into Earth’s orbit by various countries and private companies. Their missions range from scientific observation and weather tracking to communications and broadcasting television. Roughly half of those satellites are still in […]

What Can Be Done About Space Fender Benders? Plenty.

Graphic Rendition of Space Junk Orbiting Earth. Image Credit: NASA

With over 500,000 pieces of space debris currently orbiting Earth just how much danger do they pose to the International Space Station and other operational satellites? NASA is taking this very seriously. During this past weekend of March 24 and 25, the six astronauts […]