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Owning your own private planet is now a
dream that can come true for a modest
sum of money. Here's how it works.
First you select the colour of your planet,
then you decide what you want on it. Now
this bit has to be small as these planets
are only a quarter of an inch in diameter,
we're probably talking about your name
and a few images, (in micro-dot format)
plus a hair follicle, or similar tiny physical
memento of your comparatively short
Next you pay your launching fee of
approximately 100 dollars. Your planet is
then manufactured and packed in a 216
cubic ft container along with about one
million others, (if my feeble maths holds
up) and commercially launched into space
to be released into a non-decaying orbit.
Your planet will now remain in Earth's
orbit until it is either: harvested by an
alien egg collector; sucked into the vortex
of a passing comet; or swallowed by the
sun as part of its eventual demise in a few
billion years time.
Meanwhile you have the satisfaction of
waving your certificate around that verifies
that you are the proud owner of your very
own little planet.
I just want two chairs, a dog, a cat, a street light, and a robot.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 19 2006]
Planet of magrathea, o.k., o.k..
But why? Mostly for the fame and the money. [zeno, Jun 19 2006]
Wikipedia: Planet, 2006 definition of
You may want to check with that first. [jutta, Jun 03 2009]
[xenzag, Jan 24 2021]
||He, he, Now what shall I call my planet? [+]
||[2 fries] - that illustration nearly made me
fall off my chair - laughing out loud - can
my planet enter a binary orbit with yours
and we can swap pets every few millennia?
||Of course, putting them in orbit around Earth makes them moons, not planets. You'd better launch them to a stable orbit around our sun. This will also prevent space junk problems.
||Orbits around our sun also give more options, as to what kind of orbits (cirular, or highly elliptical?) and how far out from the sun. The orbits should be designed such that the real-sized planets will not disturb the microplanets.
||What about non-orbits? We could, for a small additional fee, launch your microplanet in a custom direction into space, leaving our solar system to become the next Voyagers.
||How much is it and where do I sign?
||Wasn't that nice, that thing I read about in a book, wouldn't it be nice if it were real?
The planet of Magrathea, see link. Pretty widely known I would say.
||[Rm Brz] - it's a hundred dollars, which
works out at a hundred million. ie
enough to create and launch the planets
and make a big enough profit to save
some whales orangutans and
||[zeno] First time I heard of "magrathea"
and happily it's got nothing in common
with my little planets, which could be
made real for a measly hundred dollars.
||Better pick a Sun orbit so these pesky thing don't crash into satellites/space shuttles at light years per hour.
||//Light years per hour//, for a measly hundred dollars?
||Love it. [+] Somewhere I have actual
spacedust from a meteorite .. er .. it came
with a box of cereal though, so could
actually be kelloggs sawdust ..
||We can swap pets, but if it's only going to be every few millennia then I'm getting a falcon.
||I think we should have it orbit at right angles to the rest of the solar system. Just because.
||I can imagine a time when so many exoplanets have been discovered that every person on Earth can have one each.
||I posted this idea 15 years ago, now look at the
||Yes, 15 years and you havent corrected any of the
problems in the original concept. A million pellets
(not planets) in earth orbit anywhere lower than
25000 miles or so will be a hazard to existing and
future satellites. And even if you manage that,
you need a catchier name and one less likely for
people to argue with.
||To fairly call them planets youd need to get
them into their own orbit around Sol, located such
that their orbits are not perturbed by other
planets gravity, and make them large enough to
sweep their own orbit of other objects. I dont
think youll be able to do that at your original
||It's comments like this that make me feel like
taking a long break from this place. There used to
be some genuine madness here, but the practical
householders are in the ascendency now.
||Easier to just take the money and issue the certificates.