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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..

Comment: Re:Poor choice of example (Score 1) 341

by iggymanz (#49157073) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Wrong. You are the one trying to rewrite history. Japan did NOT want a war with the USA, instead believing that U.S. people had little resolve for war, and that knocking out Perl Harbor would remove U.S. presence and influence from South Pacific, so Japan could continue its colonization plan in Asia.

They made a few blunders there, else Japan's plan WOULD HAVE WORKED:
1. carriers weren't there, oops, those carriers would later prove to be a major part of defeating Japan

2. Japan didn't destroy the fuel storage tanks in Oahu. Those would have taken year to resupply, but left intact that fueled the war against Japan.

3. Didn't destroy ship repair shops

Of course, the U.S. people came up with plenty of rage to make "resolve", Japan really miscalculated that

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.

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