hahaha, even though it's a joke article it sort of hurts how much it rings true :(
The UK's space programme suffered a serious setback yesterday when its most ambitious project since Beagle 2 ended in the loss of a 300g lump of Somerset farmhouse cheddar somewhere over the south of England. According to news reports, the West Country Cheesemakers space cheese was hitched to a weather balloon and launched …
Well if you're going to insist upon sending tasty cheese up to the edge of space, then you have to accept that one of the many members of the alien population in orbit around the planet monitoring our activity will be tempted to swipe the cheese.
I say we prove the existence of aliens by sending lots of delicious treats attached to weather balloons up to the edge of space. At the very least we would be demonstrating a level of courtesy and hospitality to our alien friends.
Next time ditch the Cheddar and use Stinking Bishop*.
Then, when you lose track of it, just wait a few days and then head for the point that any warm-blooded creature that isn't either naturally anosmic or suffering from swine flu is doing its level best to avoid.
*I'd suggest Le Vieux Bologne as it's the holder of the world championship for eye-wateringly unpleasant cheese stench, but this is a British space effort so we'll have to go with second best**.
Ha! Britain have once again proved they are the leaders in innovation. Why try and get to the moon when you can create your own moon within (supposedly) easy reach? NASA are kicking themselves for not thinking of it first. An orbiting cheeseball that you can reach with a balloon.
I applaud the ingenuity. Well done team GB!
This is clearly fake - we couldn't launch cheese into space as it would fry in the Dave Allen belt....and did anyone notice the dairylea wrapper blowing around in the gale force wind as Neil Armstrong planted the flag in the moon landing footage? There is a cheese conspiracy happening here.
Did this with LEGO... and theirs worked.. (James May would be proud) I cant help but think the incompetance is actually the only reason this is in the news...
High altitude cheese is not news whereas Lost High altitude cheese IS News!
(especially for the 'I was hit by cheese meteorite' crowd..)
GPS didn't come through on the web? would that be because the web dont work in space? They really should have used thier own sky to ground transmitter system for the GPS like all other sensible peeps...
A 300g frozen cheese brick falling from 18.6 miles up ?
Even after terminal velocity was reached, that would still go through a car or roof ...
Rule #1 for model rocket enthusists: Never put your name, address or phone number on anything you launch.
Paris: Her cheese never freezes.
Seems like the cheese finally slid off their cracker.
Now, the French effort (Ariane?) might have a better shot. With a tasty bit of Camembert. Unless it gets eaten by a missing Beagle.
@TeeCee "I'd suggest Le Vieux Bologne as it's the holder of the world championship for eye-wateringly unpleasant cheese stench, but this is a British space effort so we'll have to go with second best"
Disagree. Munster is surely the worst. If left in a garden shed for a week. In summer. Once I'd brought a kilo home, my then-missus threw it back in the shed. Then, me - as I'd partaken of a large chunk of it.
Why not launch a can of Surströmming*, that'll pop the ballon as well as your eyes.
"...which some people consider a delicacy and others think it is the worst thing they had ever eaten..". Surströmming REALLY does smell like a rotting corpse. I've seen people vomit the instant the can's opened.
As a necrophiliac, I don't mind. But this comment is becoming dead boring.....Gerrit???
Here in Sonoma, I can get Wenselydale (Whole Foods Market, on 2nd St West at Napa Street) ... true, it's Wallace & Gromit branded, and it's about US$40/kilo ... but it's close to what I remember from my childhood in the Dales. Goes great with my Gravenstein apples (now in season), my homemade bread, and a nice sov blanc or IPA ... But what I have been craving for several months is a real farmhouse Red Leicester. I don't know why, I just want some.
Can someone point the British Space Program at the Sonoma Valley & change cheeses?
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