Space junk risk could have us putting lasers on the International Space Station

ISS Space Junk

With the risk of space collisions growing with every passing second and with every new satellite put into orbit, some scientists are suggesting that we should equip the International Space Station with defensive lasers that could blow space debris out of the sky. Literally.

Yes, freakin’ lasers.

“The EUSO telescope, which was originally designed to detect cosmic rays, could also be put to use for this useful project,” says Toshikazu Ebisuzaki at the Riken Computational Astrophysics Laboratory in Wako, Japan.

While it sounds like a good idea to protect the equipment in space, there’s a little hesitation and skepticism coming from some circles concerning the idea of weaponizing space. It’s likely bound to happen either way.

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