Cosmic flight fueled by beef marrow.
Even though cosmic flight has become a common occurrence in our
times, the choice of an appropriate, economical and safe fuel is a huge
challenge for academics. Lets look at how the matter was handled by our
predecessors many years ago.
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619 – 1655), a well known
traveler and story teller of his adventures on the earth, sun and moon
used morning dew as the fuel on his first trip. It wasn’t a true
cosmic trip, nowadays it would be known rather as a trans-continental
shuttle. The idea was very straightforward. Our hero simply wore bottles filled
with morning dew. As we all know, when a ray of sunlight falls on dew,
it rises into the air. These bottles of dew, when the sunlight reached
them, rose into the air taking our hero along. When he had risen high
enough, in meantime the earth turned beneath him in its normal rotation,
and after a few hours, he found himself quite a distance from where he
had started. He then began to break the bottles, in turn loosing the
lifting force and ended up on another continent. Clever, and very cheap.
Everyone can try it.
Our hero devised another, truly cosmic, travel method totally by accident. To
speed up the healing of cuts an old method was used – covering the
cut with bone marrow, usually a cow's marrow. On the other hand, it is
well known from medieval times that a full moon sucks the marrow out of animal bones. In
this particular case, the traveler became lit up by the moon, which then
began to exert its pull on the marrow, and in turn, he rose
into the sky and landed on the moon.
There he learnt about another method of cosmic travel based on the
observation of the behavior of sacrificial smoke, as written about in
the Bible. All that is required is to catch the smoke in a clay jar,
then to close the jar with a lid, place them under ones armpits, and we
have a lift force. The disposal of the jars at the appropriate time
ensures that we land in a chosen place.
One can also try to use a magnet. One must sit in a light metal
vehicle, take a ball made of magnet in ones hands, and throw it into the
air. The vehicle, drawn to the magnet, follows the ball as it rises. The
repeated throwing of the ball in the appropriate direction takes the
travelers to their destination.
A much more sophisticated, in terms of technology, method took our
hero, after a four month long journey, to the sun where he landed on a
sunspot. This particular method was based on the ability to produce a
vacuum by illuminating an icosahedron with the appropriately focused
sunrays (through the use of mirrors) . (An icosahedron is a geometrical
Platonic solid of 12 points). It creates such a pull
– nature cannot stand a vacuum, and needs to fill it with air
– and therefore the icosahedron acts just like a jet engine. I won’t
go into the details of its construction, but these can be found on the
beautifully illustrated cover of the English translation of his book
originally published in 1657 (Polish translation appeared in 1956).
The illustration above gives some idea to the principles of the
construction of such a flying machine.
Described methods of interplanetary travel may seem odd, however they
must have been successful, as they enabled the author to visit many
attractive destinations and meet many people, all of which have been
recorded quite convincingly with many details.
One only has to be careful so that this information does not reach
the terrorists. They may try to steal a sheep, smear themselves with
marrow, attach a nitrocellulose belt and will blow apart their chosen
target, be it the restaurant in the Auckland Skytower or a jumbo jet
over the Pacific…
Let's be vigilant.