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Monday, July 16, 2012

Cosmic vacuum cleaner

Heavens above!

It's a challenge

IN typical homo sapiens style, the human race has turned the space that surrounds our planet into a tip.

Tens of thousands of bits of space junk orbit high above our heads, posing a hazard for astronauts.

Those tidy people, the Swiss, however, have devised a gadget that will clean this untidy mess up.

It's a miniature satellite, the size of a cuckoo clock, they say, and relatively cheap -- it will cost only about ten million greenbacks to launch and set to work vacuuming up all those bits.

It might have been tempting to stage a contest for a fun name for this fun gadget.  As it is, they called it CleanSpace One.  Any better ideas?

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