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A в─°CATASTROPHICв─² collision between space debris which could irradiate satellite-reliant technology on Earth is now extremely probable.
By Sean Martin
There is now believed to be an astonishing 170 million pieces of space debris floating in Earth's upper atmosphere, but only 22,000 are being tracked.
The problem now appears to be out of control, and experts fear that a catastrophic collision could be on the way.

US Missile Defense Successfully Shoots Down ICBM in First Live-Fire Test of Its Kind

By Mike Gruss, SpaceNews | May 31, 2017 06:47am ET
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A U.S. Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 30, 2017 during a successful live-fire missile defense test. The interceptor destroyed a target launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Credit: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency's ground-based defense system successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile during the first live-fire test of its kind Tuesday (May 30), the agency said.

Watch a NASA Rocket Spark Glowing Artificial Clouds Early Thursday

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | May 31, 2017 07:22am ET
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The projected visibility of the vapor tracers during the mission June 1. The artificial clouds should be visible from New York to North Carolina, and as far west as Charlottesville, Virginia. Credit: NASA
If you're along the mid-Atlantic coast very early Thursday morning (June 1), look up! A NASA sounding rocket will release luminescent blue-green and red vapor into the sky. Weather permitting, the artificial clouds will be visible from New York to North Carolina and west as far as Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.S. Air Force Seeks $1.3 Billion Increase for Space Programs

By Phillip Swarts, SpaceNews | May 31, 2017 07:06am ET
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The Space Fence is said to be capable of tracking about 200,000 objects and make 1.5 million observations per day, about 10 times the number made by previous radars such as the AFSSS. Air Force leaders have estimated that the actual number of objects orbiting Earth is closer to 500,000. Credit: Lockheed Martin
WASHINGTON - The White House is asking Congress to provide $7.75 billion for military space systems in 2018, a $1.3 billion increase over what the Pentagon sought for 2017.

Trump's Proposed Science Cuts Go Far Beyond Climate Programs

By Matt Smith, Seeker | May 30, 2017 06:37pm ET
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Members of the Union for Concerned Scientists pose for photographs with Muppet character Beaker in front of The White House before heading to the National Mall for the March for Science on April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. The rally and march are being referred to as a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Image

Massive California Landslide Visible from Space

By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer | May 30, 2017 06:06pm ET
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Images taken by NASA's Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 reveal the extent of a massive landslide that has blocked off Big Sur's Highway 1. On the left, an image taken prior to the landslide (April 20), in the middle, an image taken after a smaller landslide that preceded the current one (May 17), and on the right, an image of the bigger landslide (taken on May 22) Credit: Joshua Stevens USGS/ESA/NASA

'Halos' on Mars Suggest Conditions for Life Lasted Longer Than Thought

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | May 30, 2017 05:54pm ET
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Pale zones called "halos" border bedrock fractures visible in this 2015 image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Measurements overlaid on the image offer a sense of scale for the size of these fractures. The rover team determined that the halos are rich in silica, a clue to the duration of wet environmental conditions long ago. The location is on the lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

SpaceX's Next Iridium Launch Moved up Four Days

By Caleb Henry, Space News | May 30, 2017 07:08pm ET
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Newfound range availability at Vandenberg Air Force Base enabled SpaceX to accelerate Iridium Next's second launch to June 26. Credit: SpaceX
WASHINGTON - SpaceX moved the launch date for the second Iridium Next mission ahead by four days thanks to new range availability at Vandenberg Air Force Base, mobile satellite service provider Iridium announced today.
The launch, previously scheduled for June 29, is now slated for June 25 at 1:24:59 p.m. local time (4:24:59 p.m. EDT).

Catastrophic space junk collision 'inevitable' without action, scientists warn

By Jake Evans
Photo: Satellites like the International Space Station could be at risk unless scientists take urgent action. (Supplied: NASA)
A catastrophic space junk collision that would render the upper reaches of the atmosphere unusable is not a matter of if, but when, space environment experts have warned.
Space Environment Research Centre CEO Ben Greene said a lack of data on junk in orbit was "endangering access to space".

Life on Mars? Red Planet 'covered in water far longer than originally thought'

MARS was covered in water far longer than previously thought, meaning life could have been there more recently, according to scientists.
Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds cracks and fissures in the surface suggests the red planet had liquid longer much longer than previously thought - because it left behind halo-like rings of silica.
The new finding is reported in a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

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