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moon tethered large 2D plastic pine trees

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As mentioned, the 30 mile high pine trees winnow through the Earth's atmosphere, picking up CFC's, excess C02, methane and other stuff, while delivering a pine-scented freshness.

When saturated, they are winched back to the moon, wrung out and reused.

Also can be made to formation fly, to act as toupee to cover the ozone layer hole(s).

not_morrison_rm, Mar 22 2014


       If you secured them with rope ladders instead of just ordinary cables, expeditions could just climb to the Moon.   

       ... Well they'd have to climb according to the scale of the mass ratios, I think, and at some point they could just let go and fall the rest of the way.
skoomphemph, Mar 22 2014

       Could they parachute in? Do they make vacuum parachutes?
normzone, Mar 22 2014

       //vacuum parachutes   

       Always check the concentrated vacuum booster on one of those. It's not so easy, as if the gauge says zero, then it's empty, or possibly full.   

       Anyway, is it just me, or did skoomphemph start arguing with gender-neutral-person-self back there?
not_morrison_rm, Mar 22 2014

       They could let go. It might not be such a fantastic idea, but they could. I was hoping to trick them into going splat, but now my nefarious plans have been foiled once again.   

       They'd also have to be careful not to pull the pine trees out of the atmosphere.
skoomphemph, Mar 22 2014

       //posting on collaborative internet boards were recognized as a public good   

       But no, as the trees are firmly tethered to the moon, and the moon moves a handy 1000 mph relative to the Earth, according to the workings out on the back of this chihuahua...
not_morrison_rm, Mar 22 2014

       Guaranteed to always produce the correct arithmetical result, thus also known as the Mexican Err-less Dog ...   

       //Do they make vacuum parachutes? //   

       Yes, but they don't work.
8th of 7, Mar 23 2014

       Look, all you have to do is compress the vaccuum until it provides lift.   

       You can even check by attaching a small picture postcard from your nearest art museum,   

       As we all know "art does not exist in a vacuum", so if you can still see the painting you need to keep compressing the vacuum.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 23 2014

       You assume the picture postcard is art.
pocmloc, Mar 23 2014

       Too much jam and bees, not enough idea [-]
Voice, Mar 23 2014

       I think the vacuum compression system would need some augmentation. The expeditions not having secret access to the Halfbakery could simply be tricked into just letting go. They would form very beautiful, and very well preserved splat marks on the lunar surface, which could be used as art in subsequent vacuum compression ... descents.   

       Less trusting climbers would have to try to go into orbit. Given a guide pole with a rough enough texture, I would imagine that one could get up to quite a high speed "sprinting" along it.   

       Said guide pole would be at 90 degrees (or thereabouts) to the rope ladder. Teams arriving at the pole would sprint until this became impossible, attempting to put themselves into an orbitting path.   

       Of course those not lost forever in the immensity of Space would all just go splat in the end, but the spurious idea that survival was possible would keep a steady supply of challengers up.   

       When you strip this of its details, the idea is exactly the same as todays Everest industry.
skoomphemph, Mar 23 2014


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