With thanks to the Drudge Report, I found this article from the San Francisco local CBS station website had the following bit of news... NASA is considering using lasers to battle space junk.
Oh really? Those of us who are Sci-fi fans have known that this will be the ultimate way to deal with the garbage that is in orbit now.
Using mid-power lasers that could move the objects instead of totally vaporize the debris.
quote: 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. end quote.
1. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. "Another Look: NASA Considers Lasers To Battle Space Junk" (http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/05/10/another-look-nasa-considers-lasers-to-battle-space-junk/).