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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 10, 2004 11:15:10 GMT -6
It's powered by Tennessee coal and steered by carbon wire via foot rudders and stick control.
It will be very Smokey, but NASA feels that it is a benefit, as it will leave a trail behind the ship to assist in locating with camera obscuras.
They also will hope to create a near Earth Nebula from the exhaust to be named " The Leslie Nielsen Nebula" or the LNN.
Everything will be big for safety's sake. Big dials, big mechanical readouts with plenty of flashing lights to keep the "astronauts" alert and entertained in the long journey. All will be hard surfaced and metal to protect the crew from "rays". All will be big to impress alien life forms.
The lower hull shall be loaded with potatos. The state of Idaho was the lowest bidder in the food service contract and the crew is prepared to julian fries, if necessary. Can also be used for fuel, running tiny clocks and used for puppetry on Friday night shows.
Navigation will be accomplished thru locking on to a AM radio signal beep from Triton College, and verification thru dorsal window.
No communication will be possible as no known means of radio signal can catch up to the ship as it travels thru dead space. So they crew will use an Aldis Lamp to flash messages back to Earth to be read by camera obscuras.
NASA hopes this ship will save not only money. but re-energize the publics interest in space.