Comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams is deeply involved in a NASA research project relating to sending monkey's to Uranus. The hirsute star offered his services for free in order to boost development in the making of a suitable space suit for the hairy little critters.
Williams, who played an alien from space in popular TV show 'Mork and Mindy' in the late 70's early 80's, was the most obvious choice for the program according to NASA engineer Wade Woberts.
"Robin is the hairiest creature I've ever seen in my whole damn life", said an enthusiastic yet nerdy Woberts, "working with him in the space suit will cut our R&D time by up to half. A monkey wouldn't be able to communicate how safe or comfortable the costume was - but Robin can".
The only downside to the project is the incessant bad impressions and unfunny jokes, which Williams comes out with on a daily basis. His 'comedy' routine is so dated - say NASA employees - that it has on a number of times forced the evacuation of entire buildings as people flee for safety to nearby nuclear bunkers.
"If I hear another 'Nanoo-nanoo' or 'Good morning Vietnam!' I'm going to kill myself", said one NASA scientist.
NASA hopes to put monkeys on Uranus by 2012.