Hey, in a couple of years you may be able to send an object up into space and get it back for as little as $99! A private company in California (as it is so often) is aiming to make this happen by 2008. The payload will need to fit inside a space the size of a standard soda can, and weigh no more than 350 grams, but that’s probably room to be pretty useful actually. To the right is an artist’s impression of the spacecraft they are expecting to build to accomplish this.
I learned about this from a New Scientist article by Kelly Young. You can read the whole thing here.
Now some of you are thinking about the fun things you’d want to send up there for a short trip, ranging from personal objects to scientific experiments you might design.
Care to share?