Monday, April 10, 2006


Japan zaps self with laser

`Japan’s space agency reports that the sleepy Tokyo suburb of Kogane has been hit by a laser from an orbiting spacecraft. Click below for the full details of this first-ever extraterrestrial event.

Another first for Japan’s future military space-communications apparatus: the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite, also known, fortunately, as Kirari, zapped the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in the Tokyo suburb of Kogane with a laser. Not to worry, though, the beam was fired for communication purposes, not destructive ones.’

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