Mount Palomar, California (IP) - Now that the 200 inch Mount Palomar telescope has been sold on ebay resident astronomers and rocket scientists have a lot of time on their hands as they wander around the empty spot where the telescope once stood.
Veteren rocket scientist Dr. Wherner Von Bernard Finootch was chasing butterflies with a net and accidentally smashed his head into a tree. When he returned to consciousness he realized he had come up with a brilliant idea.
The idea is to create a giant sphere in space with mylar and other light weight but strong materials used as the outer skin. The sphere is filled with water. Space station modules are suspended within the water. The water can be used to support aquatic life, both fish and plant life, and the water also can be broken down into hydrogen for fuel and oxygen for oxidizer fuel and breathing purposes.
One variant of this idea has the entire contraption looking like a giant hot air balloon with the water sphere at one end and the gondola section would be representative of the living and other modules. The two units would be connected by pipes and umbilical chords.
Waste created aboard the modules can be filtered and recycled and allowed back into the water. Cometary material could be utilized as the source of the water. Rocket engines can be attached to small comet nuclei and the comet(s) could then be propelled and steered into cis-lunar orbit. Space cowboys could then become a reality as they round up comets in the same way cowboys round up live stock on earth.