An astonishment a day- 
drives your depression away...

 Cyrano de Bergerac

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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.

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© (selected from publications of 
 R. Antoszewski

Titirangi, Auckland, 
New Zeland

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