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 …
That sounds lovely. Dangerous as I've not done the weekend food shopping yet.
Perhaps Mr. Musk just intended to deliver an appetiser to our new overlords? So much tastier than brains after all
@"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. :)
He Just Destroyed His Business
Trying to get american pork with french cheese ?
For two orbits the earth really did have a moon made of cheese!
...the moon was made of green cheese. They should have sent up old moldy cheese.
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?)
Wallace and Gromit?
Should have made it Wensleydale :(
Top Secret may be one of the best films ever made. Five points to Gryffindor for mr Musk's
Mmmm. Should have toasted beautifully as it re-enters the atmosphere.
Where's the crackers?! All that lovely toasted cheese, and nothing to spread it on! :-(
good or bad?
so... more importantly... how does it taste now after it's trip?
It wont have aged much - relatively?
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).
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).
Don't worry about the mutant babybells...
Now, if he had recovered a giant Space Blancmange, THEN, you could start to worry!
Well, someone has to say it.
"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"
Why not a nice Red Leicester? I hear it's staggeringly popular.
I appear to have suddenly come over all peckish (esurient)
I now realise how educationally challenged I am and I am very sad.
Now watch the movie
OK, it's a spoof but it sounds far better than Avatar.
You can tell he's a child of the 70's
Who else would go to those lengths for a fondue party?
Aardman on the job
It sounds like Wallace and Gromit had a hand in this mission! :-)
Title Number 5 - I'm having hoops.
I hope the heat shield didn't malfunction or his cheese would have been toasted.
you missed the obvious groan worthy pun
in homage to the classic Monty Python sketch in the cheese shop
in Fromage surely!
But the cheese should have been
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)
He missed an opportunity to put a paper plane into the payload as a form of one-upmanship on The Register.
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!
I'm surprised ...
Surprised that nobody's commented that the Brits were first with cheese in space!
Looks more like a well used disc golf frisbee than cheese to me.
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?
You're saying that you're not a fan of French cheese then?
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:
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.
Blessed are the cheese makers
and other producers of dairy products
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.
May the cheese be with you
waits patiently for said cheese to appear on ebay..........payment by paypal only
I'll cheese to that!
next time a bottle of wine!
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
Gouda be praised!
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)
Boy was that cheese high
More to this than meets the eye?
Dig at the US's obsession with fried cheese?
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