With only 800 of the once launched 6000 satellites still being operational, the pile of space debris is becoming an ever-increasing amount of inactive space hardware orbiting around the Earth.
50% of the mess that besides old satellites also includes broken off fragments of spacecraft are the result of in-orbit explosions (about 200) or collisions.
“…Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling beyond geostationary orbit or on interplanetary trajectories…”
More information and Hi-Res images at the ESA web site
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Reporters from Live-TV station “Fox 31″ were quite surprised yesterday evening when one of their news choppers managed to capture the breaking up of space debris in the atmosphere. The “light show” that looked like meteorites – as NORAD has confirmed – was caused by the re-entry of a spent Russian science rocket. More information and a video at the…
A group of students at MIT and Georgia Tech are trying to raise money for their space mission by selling advertising on the spacecraft to companies and individuals. To allow sponsor to bid for advertising space on the satellite they have last week opened the YourNameIntoSpace.org web site. The program is an initiative of the [...]
Today Richard Branson’s space travel company “Virgin Galactic” has unveiled the design of its new space launch system.
Together with the new SpaceShipTwo the carrier aircraft called White Knight Two (WK2) was presented. Virgin Galactic says that WK2 is very close to completion and is expected to begin flight testing in the summer of 2008.
The carrier aircraft WK2 will get SpaceShipTwo up into the sky to about 60,000 feet (18,288 meters) where the two vessel then separate and SpaceShipTwo rockets into outer space.
For an expected ticket price of USD 200,000 six passengers and two crew members will then get about 4 1/2 minutes of zero-gravity time 68 miles (110 km) above us mere mortals before gliding back to Earth…
During the 1970s NASA Ames has conducted a series of space colony summer studies. Colonies housing for about 10,000 people were designed and a number of really amazing artistic renderings of the concepts created. The Library with the full size images is accessible here Thumbnails of some of the images are shown below. images courtesy [...]