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Want To Catch Orbiting Space-Junk? Give Space-Nets A Try

The European Space Agency announces 2021 plans to clear up Earth’s cluttered orbit using high-tech space-nets

"Netting a derelict satellite" image via ESA

Space, as it turns out, is not always the vast, expansive void we’re often lead to believe it is. Rather, space is full of junk–our junk, in fact–just floating around, and cluttering everything up. Dead satellites, spent booster rockets, and abandoned equipment encircle our planet by the thousands, slowly creating a tangled maze of metal through which their active-use, functional counterparts must navigate. As this image from NASA’s “Orbital Debris Program Office” shows, it’s a mess up there.

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What Will You Make with NASA’s Big, Free, Collection of Space Sounds?

NASA’s audio collection of rockets, radio-waves, and mission control commanders is online, and available for public use.

image via (cc) flickr user howardignatius

To be honest, I’m not sure what’s cooler: The fact that NASA has collected, and published some of best audio in the history of space exploration, or that it’s all free to download, use, mix, and create with as you see fit?

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Could Our Solar System Be Hiding Planets Past Pluto?

“My Very Educated Mother” might need to rethink just who’s in her solar neighborhood...

photo via (cc) flickr user Boyarrin

In grade school I learned that our solar system consisted of very educated mothers serving us nine pizzas – a helpful acrostic which covered our entire planetary spectrum, from Mercury to the now-downgraded “planetoid” of Pluto. To this day, my sense of solar spacial reasoning is inextricably tied to images of galactic maternal figures and astronomical Italian food.

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