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Steady stream of space debris rains down on Earth

Low Earth Orbit is the region of space within 1,200 miles of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. Photo by NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. On a January night in 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Okla., was strolling through the park with friends…  …

U.S. joins effort to draw up space ‘code of conduct’

WASHINGTON — The United States pledged Tuesday to join an EU-led effort to develop a space “code of conduct” that would set out rules for orbiting spacecraft and for mitigating the growing problem of debris. “The long-term sustainability of our space environment is at serious risk from space debris and…

Failed Russia Mars probe set for Sunday crash

Russia’s space agency on Sunday called off all predictions of the likely crash site of its ill-fated Mars probe only hours before the 13.5-tonne spacecraft was due to begin its fatal descent. Roscosmos said on its website that fragments of the stranded Phobos-Grunt voyager would probably fall to Earth on…

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