The Washington Times - March 23, 2009, 09:42AM

Space shuttle Discovery astronauts had to fire its thrusters to shift the International Space Station away from approaching space junk, Space.com is reporting.

It was the third space-junk threat the space station has faced in the past two weeks.

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Four-inch pieces of junk from a Chinese rocket that broke apart in 2000 was heading near the $100 billion space station at about 17,000 mph.

Here’s an idea that could turn this economy around: “Space Cleaners!  We clean up space so you don’t have to!  And we leave it looking like brand new!”

What those astronauts need to do is bone up on the old Asteroids video game.  They could have a shooting match up there.