DailyDirt: Who Wants To Go To Space?

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Filed Under: elon musk, grasshopper, jeff bezos, jules verne, kennedy space center, konstantin tsiolkovsky, new shepard, re-usable rockets, robert goddard, rockets, space, space exploration, suborbital, william leitch
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    SpacePilotDummy, 29 Nov 2015 @ 11:05am

    here's how your trip is going to go down. . .

    Your going to be selected from a group of tech's who used to have a lot of friends and business but now have nothing but tools and a little spirit left.

    Your going to pack your "toolkit" basically everything you ever did to whatever microprocessor you loved into digital files, you can keep your custom stuff you use, as your own stuff IS the most productive. But the data will get compressed and cloned and backed up and did I mention made light weight.

    You can bring XX LBS of stuff.

    The day of your leaving they send your stuff ahead.
    Then you go.

    For awhile everything seems normal, then suddenly the spaceship makes a hard right, and heads to a slave mining planet, where they dump you out and keep and sell all your prized stuff.

    Since you signed a contract, your done.

    So Just Remember
    In space, Nobody can hear you scream

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