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All the world that cares about such things already knows that famous hecamillionaire Elon Musk this week achieved the remarkable: his privately designed and built space rocket, the Falcon 9, carried an equally personal spacecraft, the Dragon capsule, into orbit - and the Dragon then successfully returned to Earth and splashed …

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Le Brouère

That sounds lovely. Dangerous as I've not done the weekend food shopping yet.

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Alien

Ehhh ...

Perhaps Mr. Musk just intended to deliver an appetiser to our new overlords? So much tastier than brains after all

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Coat

@"Top secret payload fired into orbit aboard private rocket"

For a moment there, I thought the US government had found a more secure place to put their most secret servers. :)

Doing service calls would be an interesting experience. “Houston we have a problem, bring a new ATX power supply with you”.

Jacket icon is in this case a space suit, complete with standard issue service engineer white shirt & tie. :)

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He Just Destroyed His Business

Trying to get american pork with french cheese ?

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Anonymous Coward

YES!!!!

For two orbits the earth really did have a moon made of cheese!

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I thought...

...the moon was made of green cheese. They should have sent up old moldy cheese.

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@The JonB

Brilliant!! I really did laugh out loud! You sir should take a bow. And probably deserve an El Reg T-Shirt. (er, we do have T-Shirts right?)

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Wallace and Gromit?

Should have made it Wensleydale :(

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Top Secret!

Top Secret may be one of the best films ever made. Five points to Gryffindor for mr Musk's

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Cheese

Mmmm. Should have toasted beautifully as it re-enters the atmosphere.

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Something missing

Where's the crackers?! All that lovely toasted cheese, and nothing to spread it on! :-(

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good or bad?

so... more importantly... how does it taste now after it's trip?

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Aged

It wont have aged much - relatively?

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Mmmmmm

Space cheese

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So is he going to sell

this cheese from space? No doubt there are those who would pay a premium for such a special cheese (fools, money, easily parted, etc).

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Alien

Remake of "the blob" perhaps?

People being attacked by mutant babybells warped from space radiation? Kind of like Day of the Triffids with blue-veins?

I for one welcome our new cheese-overlords (with a box of crackers and a Kyle-Reese attitude).

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Don't worry about the mutant babybells...

Now, if he had recovered a giant Space Blancmange, THEN, you could start to worry!

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Well, someone has to say it.

"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"

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Le Brouère?

Why not a nice Red Leicester? I hear it's staggeringly popular.

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Alert

hmmm

I appear to have suddenly come over all peckish (esurient)

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Esurient

I now realise how educationally challenged I am and I am very sad.

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Alien

Now watch the movie

http://www.wackyadvice.com/halloween/halloween2002.shtml

OK, it's a spoof but it sounds far better than Avatar.

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You can tell he's a child of the 70's

Who else would go to those lengths for a fondue party?

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Aardman on the job

It sounds like Wallace and Gromit had a hand in this mission! :-)

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Title Number 5 - I'm having hoops.

I hope the heat shield didn't malfunction or his cheese would have been toasted.

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you missed the obvious groan worthy pun

in homage to the classic Monty Python sketch in the cheese shop

in Fromage surely!

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But the cheese should have been

Ilchester

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Hmm, mind filled with malicious thoughts...

Should have been Spam and Chocolate Mousse (bad ass with a Thompson hehe).....

Besides, it's already been done - What happens when you send a female cosmonaut into orbit with a yeast infection? Space Cheese!

-screw the door, jumps through window.....

(and I was even in voting lmao)

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Lovely

Just lovely.

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Paris Hilton

Missed opportunity

He missed an opportunity to put a paper plane into the payload as a form of one-upmanship on The Register.

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Happy

I find it incredibly reassuring

that in these days of terry wrists, leekers, dossers... Hmmm, DDOSsers & corrupt (normal) politicians, someone still managers to do something undeniably daft, and FUN!

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I'm surprised ...

Surprised that nobody's commented that the Brits were first with cheese in space!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/29/space_cheese/

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Happy

Disc Golf

Looks more like a well used disc golf frisbee than cheese to me.

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On the space station? Really?

That's just what you want in a confined, sealed tin can of a space station hundreds of miles above the earth with no possibility of opening the windows to get some fresh air. A smelly, French cheese. A pongy, stinky, slimey, smell-that-goes-through-glass French cheese. Especially one that's been nicely warmed up on top of a large rocket. I would imagine that the smell of old socks is bad enough, but adding such an olfactary assault in to the already much over used air of the space station could be the very last straw. Some vital piece of equipment may just break, melt, or develop sentience and drop off seeking a fresher orbit of its own.

And another thing. When they send missions off to Mars the rocket men have to get rid of as much bacteria as possible from the probe to avoid contaminating the Martian environment. No one wants to look for life on Mars and then discover that we'd already introduced it. Hasn't Musk just rendered all those precautions pointless by bring such a collection of virulant and deadly bacteria within only a few tens of millions of miles of these hitherto pristine environments?

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So....

You're saying that you're not a fan of French cheese then?

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Happy

Nope...

I Love French cheese a lot!

Perhaps the Martians should be relieved that Musk didn't launch a Stinking Bishop. I don't think that Wikipedia's entry describing this cheese as having a "distinctive odour" comes anywhere close to the olfactory reality:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinking_Bishop_cheese

Chili's have the Scoville scale. Why can't there something similar for a cheese's aroma, the basis being the number of miles of space vacuum required to bring the smell down to an undetectable level. I've been in the same room as some Camemberts that would surely rate somewhere near 1 Astronomical Units.

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Grenade

Blessed are the cheese makers

and other producers of dairy products

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Happy

Cheese and Good Cheer!

It's great to see that Musk can continue the tradition of bringing a sense of humor to success in spaceflight. I hope SpaceX does very well in realizing their spaceflight projects.

Maybe it'll give Virgin Intergalactic a run for their money, as well. Cheers, all, for halfpence on the two cents.

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May the cheese be with you

waits patiently for said cheese to appear on ebay..........payment by paypal only

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Pint

I'll cheese to that!

next time a bottle of wine!

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Paris Hilton

Is the SpaceX syndicate

planning to share the cheese amongst the program participants, perhaps ? A teensy piece would be an interesting, if over-temptingly ephemeral, momento.

▲ unravel : joke no today cheesy

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Cheesus!

Gouda be praised!

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Headmaster

I am afraid that pun just does not work

if you know how to pronounce Gouda (G as the ch in Loch, ou as in ouch, that hurts)

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Happy

Smelly cheese

Boy was that cheese high

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More to this than meets the eye?

Dig at the US's obsession with fried cheese?

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