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Britain considers Moon mission
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10 January 2007
The first potential mission, "Operation Moonie", would see four metre (yard)-long lawn darts fired two metres deep into the moon's surface from a Mk3 Ford Escort 1.6L Estate in orbit, giving scientists information about the possibility of having a right nice garden party as well as confirming that the moon won't pop if were accidentally burst.
If Moonie were successful, a second mission codenamed "Operation Go To The Moon Again" could be launched, sending a spacecraft shaped like some dogdirt to the surface of the moon in search of suitable sites for potential branches of Borders, the out-of-town style bookshop and Starbucks delivery system.
According to Professor Marvin Tuppence, founder and chief executive of Surrey Satellite Technology & Carpets Ltd., which prepared the study for the funding body, the cost of space exploration had fallen enough for Britain to afford a couple of goes.
"Current small missions to the moon cost around £300 million (almost 600 million US dollars) ... With advances in small satellites based on old saloon car chassis we could probably cut the cost to something like £80 return," Tuppence told the BBC.
Professor Tuppence has rubbished claims by France that the satellites are to be piloted by untrained Romanian immigrants.