February 22nd, 2012
10:59 AM ET

Zakaria: Swiss cleaning up space junk

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

When you think of Switzerland, the image that comes to mind is pristine, clean, unlittered. In fact, no one dares litter in Switzerland for fear of a huge fine.

Well, now they've taken their cleanliness to a new level - out of this world, you might say. The Swiss have decided they are going to clean up outer space.

Clean Space One announced this week by the Swiss Space Center will be a "janitor satellite" whose mission will be to tidy up the upper atmosphere.

There are said to be more than 500,000 pieces of space junk up there. When they're done with space, I'd love for them to pay a visit to my office.

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  1. Banana

    Is it all a joke? The swiss does not even know how to build an airplane. All they know is how to hoard money from wealthy foreigners in their bank accounts. Oh, also they know how to make watches and swiss army knives and cheese with holes in them. Satellites? that also one which looks like a vacuum cleaner? Space itself is a vacuum. How are they going to suck vacuum with a vacuum? Since the Swiss are going to use money from the secret swiss bank accounts setup by foreign politicians like Mitt Romney, it isn't a bad deal even if the satellite fails to collect junk. These people are not going to go to court over their money hidden away from uncle Sam.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      oh no, they don't need to use a vacuum cleaner in space. The swiss satellite will have very sophisticated junk collection mechanism. They are putting a thick layer of swiss cheese onto the front of the satellite. As the satellite zips very fast, all the little space junk will get stuck in the holes in the swiss cheese. Once the cheese is full they will put it between two slices of bread and throw it towards earth. The satellite will then put a new thick slice of swiss cheese for the next round of the orbit.

      February 25, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
  2. Jimmy

    Fareed needs to just shut up. So tired of him and his pro-islamist apologist rhetoric.

    February 25, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
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