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NASA To Turn Hoverboards Into Tractor Beams
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/14/2015 | 6:04:21 PM
Re: cleaning up outer space.
@Pedro- Yeah, it is bad. I think we often think of space as just huge and empty. And it is, you know, pretty darn big. But when you confine it to our common orbits it is still big but much, much smaller.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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9/14/2015 | 5:50:05 PM
Dealing with debris
I was wondering how we going to deal with space debris as we put more and more stuff into our orbit (and beyond). The idea of using a tractor beam like device makes my inner nerd happy. It feels like every day we get just a little closer to sci-fi becoming reality. But thanks to the video in the article, my kid now wants a hoverboard (I do too.)
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/5/2015 | 1:52:49 AM
Re: cleaning up outer space.
@Gary_EL, thank you for the link. It is extremely interesting that electromagnetic forces could be used to clean space debris. The large objects that can be tracked are an area of concern but, the small objects create a greater concern because they will hit a space craft without any warming. Maybe, electromagnetic forces could be used to protect a space craft. However, I imagine this will also affect the operations within the craft. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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9/4/2015 | 11:33:01 PM
Re: cleaning up outer space.
I was wondering how a magnet attracts aluminum. It turns out that it doesn't, really. A moving magnetic field creates an electrical field in the aluminum, which reacts to the first magnetic field. If anyone is interested, google the "Lenz Effect" or

-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk4ACjzDFRY
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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9/4/2015 | 6:01:56 PM
cleaning up outer space.
what a great idea. I would think we could have created an space vacuum like in the movie Space Balls prior to creating a space hoverboard. I had no idea we had so much debris in space.  May be for us, conquering space will be our second project, first we need to cleaning up.


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