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How I spent my Sunday afternoon...

...by Nicky Gibbins, aged 36 and 23/24ths.

One kitchen roll tube, some white card, some grey card, some red and orange tissue paper, and an awful lot of glue.

(and that's the only opportunity I'll get to play with it, since the garklet is most clear that it is now "my rocket")

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(Now let's hope that the Chez Gark space programme makes it through re-entry!)

I'd be amazed if the current launch vehicle makes it through to next weekend without suffering a catastrophic failure. Reusable it isn't.

I've spent much of the last month reading through plans for missions that never were on the NASA Tech Report server (see the links for John above) - plans to put a man on Mars in the mid 1980s (with nuclear thermal rockets) that were written before Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

Consequently, I'm now incredibly depressed by the current state of the US space effort, and by what are effectively three wasted decades of manned spaceflight.

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