Anything and everything can happen at the International Space Station, the ISS. While we’ve been told that they are preparing to disable the station and either bring it down by fire or drop it in the ocean, as I have covered before, they have announced that the ISS will be fitted with special lasers so that they can shoot the space debris boogieman. If you have followed my recent work, you will remember how many unrealistic maps of flying space debris have been produced, including the ultra cringe “RABBIT” by the Japanese space agency, JAXA. However, you might think this is news, whereas it is something that was announced with a lot of fanfare in 2015. Yet, the old CBS video appears along with the recent news-bending piece that a galactic laser was just spotted at 5 billion light years away.

Researchers with experience analyzing space discourse and state mythology should notice that many of these news pieces are interchangeable, combinable, and can be used again and again in the future, without producing any tangible results, and most people do not notice the issue.

The idea that a laser should be fitted on the ISS to shoot up space junk is obviously ridiculous even for believers in the Colonial Cosmology, as you will be hard press to find any video from the ISS that ever shows any space debris whatsoever. The idea that astronauts would be blasting invisible space debris by shooting lasers is just very low grade science fiction.

There is a whole thematic section of space lore dedicated to lasers and space debris. For instance, the European Space Agency claims they can use lasers to track space debris. The idea is that a static laser on the earth, which is a very narrow focused beam, could be used to scan the sky for alleged fast moving space debris, which can be very small. It’s more difficult than chasing a fly around the room with a pin needle.

But from the ultra fast moving International Space Station, people like Don Pettit, who did a lot of training with Angry Birds, could easily target invisible space debris and blast it with a powerful laser. Since in Star Wars, lasers even emits sounds in space, the space believer could not possibly be critical of anything that is presented in the name of space exploration.

Rodrigo Ferrari Nunes

Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes, Ph.D, is a social and cultural anthropologist, independent consultant, music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, artist, public intellectual and communicator.

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