oa CSIR Science Scope - Lasers in space : research and development
Lasers are ubiquitous on earth. However, their range of applications is only partly perceived by the general public, who encounter them in supermarket and warehouse scanners, in CD players, in lecture room pointers and in the surveillance and medical environments. But the general - and maybe even the scientific - public is likely unaware of the fact that lasers are poised to invade outer space, where 'sci-fi' has, of course, long preceded this notion.
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