The debris from outer space is a serious problem for the scientists concerned with the protection of Earth from extraterrestrial dangers. Think of this debris as a ring, like Saturn`s rings, made of no longer functioning satellites and other such remains, which encircles the planet Earth and not only that, but represents a worrying threat to our planet. Basically, Earth has got its own Saturn`s rings, but made of dangerous junk, after the human race has bravely proceeded in its noble and soon to be necessary quest of conquering the universe.
Being a matter whose relevance is of international level, getting rid of the space debris has been approached recently by a global team of researchers. The Japanese Riken research institute in one of the main leaders of the study. The scientists who are involved in this research have claimed to have found a way to remove the space debris, a way that is regarded by most analysts in the field as the most ambitious plan that has ever been elaborated in connection with this problem. And it is also a very cool way of dealing with such things, and some non-analysts claim that it reminds them of the Star Wars movies. Others just hope that the International Space Station will not turn over night into the Death Star.
So the scientists who lead the study claim that the three thousand tones of space rubbish could be blasted by a fiber optic laser, which they intend to attach to the International Space Station. The system that they have elaborated for doing so is a double step project. Firstly, the researchers plan to work with the infrared telescope of the EUSO (Extreme Universe Space Observatory), so that they will be able to track the space rubbish, which is moving at incredible speeds. The second part of their proposed plan is where the fiber optic CAN laser comes in. The scientists claim that it could be used for shooting the objects in Earth`s trash rings until they are knocked out of their orbit and finally destroyed by burning when they return to their initial route around our planet. According to the researchers, this interesting mechanism would be able to get rid of objects which only measure one centimeter in diameter.
The head of the team from the Riken institute, Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, has affirmed that they intend to integrate a full scale version of the system in the International Space Station. Such a system would imply a 10,000-strand laser with an impressive range of approximately 100 kms.
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