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Lasers Find Varied Uses in Space Applications

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Valerie C. Coffey, Freelance Science Writer

From the first laser fired on another planet to observatory guide stars and space collision avoidance systems, lasers in space are making news with numerous advances and universal firsts (as far as we know). With the beginning of the Laser Lunar Ranging experiment in the 1960s, the use of lasers in space moved out of the realm of science fiction into reality. While lasers-as-lightsabers are still only Star Wars fiction, the numerous ways we use lasers in space applications are pretty cool, even to non-nerdy folks. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been front and center in the...Read full article

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