Lasers could blast space junk out of orbit

April 19, 2015 11:39 PM

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A Japanese research team proposes mounting a powerful laser on the ISS to help rid Earth’s orbital space of debris.

Defunct satellites and other expired technology have been building up as space junk in orbit around Earth for some time, amounting to an estimated half million pieces of flying flotsam. Future cleanup of this ever-increasing cloud of debris seems necessary to plan for, but the best method of ridding...

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