Sen: Pew-Pew! Using Space Lasers to Zap Space Debris

Syfy Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, sweepstakes, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View

Sen: Pew-Pew! Using Space Lasers to Zap Space Debris

spacedebris_orbits.jpg.CROP.rectangle-large_0.jpg

Space debris is a growing problem. These little bits of orbiting junk—tools dropped by astronauts during EVAs, nuts and bolts from the deployment of satellites, and so on—are moving a dozen times faster than a rifle bullet, and pose a real threat to the International Space Station and other assets. Even a fleck of paint can be seriously harmful when it’s moving at 25,000 kph relative to you.

To fix this problem, a team of scientists has come up with an idea: Use a telescope planned to go on board ISS anyway to find the junk, then use a bundled fiber laser to zap it.

I have the details in my twice-monthly column for Sen.com. The blogs there are subscription-only for five bucks a month, about the amount you spend on the healthy breakfast cereal you promise yourself you’ll eat when you’re shopping at the grocery store but then throw out when it gets stale a month later. And in this case, you get stuff that’s healthy for your brain and curiosity.

As always, news, pictures, and features there are free.

Related Stories
You May Also Like
Recommended by Zergnet