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I guess the solution is a hyper-space button on all spacecraft. Like in Asteroids.

Posted by Paulus | March 28, 2007 1:34 PM

So our first extra-terrestrial visitors are likely to be Planetary Litter Police?

I wouldn't be too worried about the .22-cal bullet; the myth that a bullet wound to a jetliner's skin would explode a big hole and suck all the passengers out into free-fall is an urban legend. I don't like the sound of the 400-lb. safe much though.

Of course, if there ever is a collision like this, it will be assumed to be terrorists, and all brown or otherwise suspicious people will immediately be arrested and quarantined.

Posted by Fnarf | March 28, 2007 1:37 PM

Sounds like a job for - Mega Maid.

Posted by COMTE | March 28, 2007 1:38 PM

space debris will pose a problem for future use of space. I'm not too worried about that "chain reaction" spreading chaos through the heavens. Most of the debris burns up as it enters the atmosphere. And how can these "experts" think our space debris, when spread out through infinite space, would cause chaos?!

But thanks for giving me one more thing to worry about during air travel.

Posted by him | March 28, 2007 1:50 PM

Him, the majority of the debris won't be spread out through infinite space, it will stay in orbit. A chain reaction would mean (relatively) few big pieces of junk to many more small pieces of junk flying around the planet. The problem, from my understanding of the story (which was also in the NYT Science section a while back) is not so much the debris falling on airplanes, but rather making it unsafe for sattelites and shuttles, space stations to exist in space. There could be so much crap up there that we end up stuck on earth and without even the capability to fly satelites. Would that not be ironic? Talk about shitting your nest.

Posted by Jude Fawley | March 28, 2007 1:59 PM

I foresee the most boring space disaster movie ever.

Posted by elswinger | March 28, 2007 2:20 PM

They need to stop calling space projects 'Orion'.

Posted by gfish | March 28, 2007 2:26 PM

"stop going into space."

Posted by earthsays, | March 28, 2007 3:59 PM

Right, earthsays, instead let's just go the way of the dinosaurs when the next "big one" hits.

Posted by COMTE | March 28, 2007 4:33 PM

@9 what?

Posted by Paulus | March 28, 2007 5:30 PM

Ha ha! Stoopid hu-mans!
Pwned by your own trash!

Posted by treacle | March 28, 2007 8:33 PM

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