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Sputnik Sanitation Services Inc.

Pay the Russian space program to blast garbage in orbit.
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The Russian space program has been pretty redundant since the end of the cold war, they simply don't have the rubles required to compete with NASA. The Russians have also shown an unorthodox willingness to blast any Tom, Dick, or Harry into space who can fork up a gabillion rubles. Someone proposed sending garbage to the moon (see: http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Moonfill#983285350) but I propose simply blasting garbage in orbit and letting it float around like an abandoned satellite. Capsules the size of a garbage dumpster would be built with biodegradable materials so the garbage would eventually be set loose. Who needs to watch a meteor shower when you could watch a garbage shower? Would the garbage eventually cease to move and form new constellations of sorts? Will stargazers of the future ignore the big-dipper and set their sights on a far more interesting constellation made of fondue sets, plaid jackets and Village People records?
RogerRam, Oct 04 2003

"Futurama", Season 1, Episode 8. http://www.gotfutur...isodeGuide/Season1/
Baked in fiction, different orbit. [Laughs Last, Oct 17 2004]

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“So it’s the baker in space program?”
“Halfbaker. Halfbaker in space.”
“And the Russians launch him, for what, like twenty million?”
“Oh, no, the price is only a hundred dollars.”
“Really! That’s low.”
“Well, there’s no life support. They launch him in a plastic bag.”
“Ah, the Russian mafia....so he’s dead.”
“Well, not right away, there’s some oxygen in the bag, but after he stops moving he becomes a constellation.”
“Forever?”
“No, the whole thing’s biodegradable. The Andromeda strain eats it up, see.”
“You really know your science, Plute.”
“I read, Charlene, I read.”


pluterday, Oct 04 2003
  

       ummm.. biodegradable?
yamahito, Oct 04 2003
  

       89.
bristolz, Oct 04 2003
  

       I think pluter's malfunctioning.   

       Large fishbone. There is enough garbage orbiting the earth as it is.   

       You should note that the folks aboard the ISS use the Progress capsules as garbage disposals. They arrive fully stocked with fresh goods. After they unload them, they stuff it full of all the trash, undock it, and let it deorbit and burn up in the atmosphere.
waugsqueke, Oct 04 2003
  

       No wonder the climate is getting warmer.
FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2003
  

       Another freeze dried fishbone. This would seriously interfere with satellites and spacecraft not to mention astronomy.
madradish, Oct 04 2003
  

       I still don't understand how you're going to get something to biodegrade in the freezing airlessness of space...
yamahito, Oct 05 2003
  

       if I am on a cusp between capricorn and aquarius, with leo in ascendency and squared with my rising moon in pisces, would this have an effect on the likelihood of my meeting a handsome stranger on the 14th? if so, fishbone.
po, Oct 05 2003
  

       Haven't people been talking about jettisoning trash into space for decades?
snarfyguy, Oct 05 2003
  

       //The Russian space program has been pretty redundant since the end of the cold war//   

       I thought the Russians were currently the only ones putting people into space.
suctionpad, Oct 06 2003
  

       Space garbage: the real reason hostile aliens will never be able to land here.
RayfordSteele, Oct 06 2003
  

       It's much more expensive to launch stuff into space than into a landfill!
my-nep, Oct 17 2003
  

       Dang. I just had the idea to shoot all garbage into low earth orbit (then have it burn up on re-entry), and I see here I'm a tad late. So, [RogerRam], wherever you are, here is (apparently) your VERY FIRST BUN, 8 years after the fact. [+]
Grogster, Jul 08 2011
  

       //The Russian space program has been pretty redundant since the end of the cold war// It's the other war 'round. During the cold war, the Russian space program was redundant with the US one.
spidermother, Jul 08 2011
  
      
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