Written by Mark Lowton
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Topics: Space, ISS, Cowboy

Friday, 20 October 2006

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In space, no-one can hear you "yee-haw"

Some people call them the space cowboys. Some call them the extraterrestrial terrorists. Sadly, none of them are called Maurice. A group of activists calling themselves "The Space Cowboys" have begun sabotaging work being carried out for new modules on the International Space Station.

The space cowboys are said to be upset following George W. Bush's insistence that weapons will be developed and deployed as part of furthering the space programme and protecting America's final frontier. Ironically, the space cowboys were heard to "yee-haw" and fire guns wildly into the air after devastating one research facility.

The sabotaged parts are reported to make up a sophisticated addition to the life-support capabilities on the ISS. Scientists are said to be shocked and bemused by the entire incident.

It is reported that as part of the extraterrestrial arsenal, a high-powered "laser" is to be built on the moon by 2010. It is rumoured this laser may be utilised in the fight on the war-on-terror. Space gurus have voiced concerns about the effectiveness of this laser however, insisting the probability of penetrating the encircling ring of satellites and space debris is negligible.

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