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Culture: Art
Space Junker   (+6, -1)  [vote for, against]
Art from flying rocks. And cars.

Send an old car into space, by rocket or shuttle. Stationary orbit, and remember where you parked. Position it carefully, then let it get pulverized by meteors and other debris. Retrieve. Mount it in front of a museum.

You could use other materials, of course. Even rice paper, for space dust. But people might be more interested in a car than rice paper. If you have Gov't approval, use some old satellite that's already there.

I don't know how much collision insurance you need for a car in space. Better check around for a good rate.
-- Amos Kito, Sep 28 2002

Why, send up a 'Vette, of course. http://www.metaltv....em.cfm?Itemnum=3020
No retrieval system needed. It lands just fine. [waugsqueke, Sep 29 2002]

Tesla into space https://www.theatla...teroid-belt/552719/
Sir, your rover is waiting. [whatrock, Oct 13 2018]

Can't decide on whether to send up a Saturn, a Nova, a Comet, an Olds Rocket 88, an Aurora, a Mercury, or a Galaxy.

I'm hoping you got that retrieval system figgered out. My dad's rather partial to his Galaxy.

Alternatively, are there any pieces of MIR still orbiting, or did it all burn up?
-- RayfordSteele, Sep 29 2002

MIR went into the sea, last year -- all of it, I think. I'd love to see one of those bad boys hit the atmosphere.

//I'm hoping you got that retrieval system figgered out//

Sure. The Space Shuttle can grab it and toss it in the cargo bay. There's no cost limit on ideas, I hope. This one's running into the billions. Some French artist is footing the whole bill.
-- Amos Kito, Sep 29 2002

//then let it get pulverized by meteors and other debris//

You might have to wait awhile.
-- madradish, Sep 29 2002

Yeah, quicker and an awful lot cheaper to simply leave it in the Bronx overnight.
-- DrCurry, Sep 30 2002

Ah yes, the halfbakery, home of all the quicker and cheaper ideas.
-- bristolz, Sep 30 2002

Yet another fine halfbaked idea comes to fruition, only we used a new car complete with driver but no insurance. Might have been a feather in Elon's cap to have sent the car straight to Mars so when our explorers finally get there the surface transportation is ready and waiting.
-- whatrock, Oct 13 2018

random, halfbakery