When it comes to imagining new technology, the sky is the limit. No point in letting your scheme get bogged down by reality when you're just brainstorming. But sometimes, ideas that really shouldn't make it out of the brainstorming session escape into the real world. Or worse — into low-Earth orbit. This is the story of how the U.S. once launched millions of copper needles into space on purpose.
A Wire in the Sky
200-Million Needle Pileup
The Time the US Created a Giant Copper Ring Around Earth
Written by Reuben Westmaas March 8, 2018
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