Another Look: NASA Considers Lasers To Battle Space Junk,

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    MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS 5) – “Space junk” or debris has become an increasing threat to commercial satellites along with spacecraft and the International Space Station. Now NASA scientists may have a new option for reducing debris.

    Collisions with debris, and the resulting damage, have the potential for being costly and difficult to repair.

    During missions, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have had to take refuge in an escape capsule because they knew they were going to have a close encounter with space debris.

    NASA scientists propose using a mid-power laser that could move the objects from their collision course. Unlike lasers that have been used in the past, this new laser would not be able to vaporize debris.

    “Those lasers, when you shoot them all into space, are not capable of vaporizing or melting anything,” said scientist Creon Levit of the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. “What they are capable of doing is giving a gentle push to space debris.”

    This gentle push could move a piece of space debris about 650 feet a day, enough to avoid a collision.

    Levit said 33 years ago, a NASA astronomer predicted we would be in this situation. He said most of the space junk is from earlier space launches when no one was concerned about debris control.

    Levit says it is now the exact opposite.

    “Nowadays when you launch something into space,” says Levit. “You have to have a debris mitigation plan.”

    The proposal for the laser took two years to complete. NASA estimates the cost would be much lower than a manned mission designed to collect debris.

    (Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)[/p]

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  2. AlanJohn

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    LASERS YEAH!
     
  3. Ikki

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    Nice. Me likey lazors.
     
  4. _Chaz_

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    If this works out, this could be really amazing. It'd really reduce the need to repair satellites in orbit.
     
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    (Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) :')
     
  6. coolness

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    let me think of the movie starwars with the death star it shoots lasers 2 [​IMG]
     
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    calm down dude; this is the internet, it's not like there going to come to my house and arrest me.
     
  8. SamAsh07

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    O o o can't wait for youtube vids on these lasers, get your cameras ready people, we might get a glimpse of it once they shoot 'em, like an arcade game lol.
     
  9. lostdwarf

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  11. Rydian

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    For news discussion it's generally preferable that you only quote some of the article, and give your own thoughts as well in the first post.
     
  12. DarkWay

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    Because altering the course of space debris is always a good idea......
     
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    It's not like space debris would always be on a good path in the first place.
     
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    Likewise with it always being on a bad path [​IMG]
     
  15. Rydian

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    Lasers capable of deflecting shit in space are kinda' expensive, so I'm pretty sure they're not going to be playing lite-brite with it. [​IMG]
     
  16. TLSS_N
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    I'll try to keep that in mind next time, but I will more than likely post the whole article. I can't just give some of the info, and ignore the rest because people would complain.
     
  17. Rydian

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    If people want to read the whole article, they can click the source link you give.

    I'm sure you can agree that trying to have a discussion with people who are too lazy to click a link is an exercise in futility.
     
  18. TLSS_N
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    TLSS_N Who is John Galt?

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    Yes, I understand that. It's just the way people are... look, from now on I will post the whole story unless there is a copyright claim put into the story. Is that alright?
     
  19. Rydian

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    Sure, but people will still complain.
     
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