Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lord Of The Fliers

Origami Space Mission Looks Good On Paper

Japanese scientists plan to launch a paper plane from - of all places - the International Space Station. The 20-centimetre craft, made from heat-resistant paper, will hit speeds of up to Mach 20 (24,500 kilometres an hour) as it flutters 384 kilometres to earth. The brainchild of the Japan Origami Plane Association and University of Tokyo engineers, a message will be written onto the plane in several languages, asking the finder to return it the origami group.

FOOTNOTE: Fold, to the highest bidder.

16 comments:

Nessa said...

Their own special message in a bottle?

Amrita said...

The Japanese are number one

Poseidon's Muse said...

The synchronicity of your comment is rather uncanny David...

http://poseidonsmuse.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/la-carta-del-rosa-separe-uno-de-tres-pt1-of-3/

;)

Interesting post! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

OK, that's pretty hardcore. I'll take my pitiful origami cranes and go home now...

Pope Terry said...

I'm so keeping that plane if I find it.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I assume they expect it to make in all the way down without igniting.

Lin said...

Upon it's return, I suppose the origami group will say "Welcome back to the fold!" ?

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

Not to be outdone by Japan, George W. Bush plans on sending an entire heat resistant tree to Earth from the space station. It will reach speeds of up to Mach 20 and surely kill whomever is unlucky enough to "find" it.


Bradley
The Egel Nest

Jo said...

I just know it's going to poke my eye out.

Merisi said...

Wonder what they plan to recycle it into! ;-)

A Week In The life of A Redhead said...

Did you hear about the Origami Mission proposal? It folded...
Sorry ... I couldn't resist.
Catherine, the redhead

ArneA said...

I saw the news at Wired and thought may be all the Space Shuttle troubles with the fireshields was solved

imac said...

What a boost to the group.

RuneE said...

I have heard of snail-mail, E-mail, bottle-mail - but Origami-mail?

Weird stuff.

Thanks for a nice comment!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my....I wonder if it will actually work? The things people come up with....huh?

Eve said...

Hopefully no one gets injured from the incoming paper plane...I hope it doesn't rain. :)