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ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-and-shoot dept.
An anonymous reader writes Japan's Riken research institute has suggested a new idea for dealing with space junk. They say a fiber optic laser mounted onto the International Space Station could blast debris out of the sky. From the article: "To combat the increasingly dense layer of dead satellites and miscellaneous space debris that are enshrouding our planet, no idea — nets, lassos, even ballistic gas clouds — seems too far-fetched to avoid. Now, an international team of researchers led by Japan's Riken research institute has put forward what may be the most ambitious plan to date. They propose blasting an estimated 3,000 tons of space junk out of orbit with a fiber optic laser mounted on the International Space Station."

Comment: Re:torn (Score 2) 172

by iggymanz (#49262159) Attached to: Lawsuit Over Quarter Horse's Clone May Redefine Animal Breeding

Such idealistic rubbish. The point of horse racing is to be first across the finish line. There is huge money in winning. People squabble about what manner and condition of animals should be allowed to compete, but that's of less than secondary importance. Once in a while identical racehorse twins were born, and those have sometimes been champions in modern times, so the ancients may have raced clones..

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