Written by Clifford Rutley

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Topics: Space, China

Monday, 29 September 2008

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Your Eagle Curry Has Landed!

The success of the recent Chinese astronauts in coming back to earth unscathed, has buried the real tragedy that is to follow:

Not long after the launch of the astronauts, the Chinese also launched another space rocket which was topped with a wok shaped craft that had a number of living creatures on board - including a dog, two cats and a number of dangerous insects such as a cardboard box of tarantulas and a Tupperware tub of spiked poisonous stinger beetles from the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest. Questions about the nature of this animal infested launch started to come up soon after it was found that the Wok shaped capsule also contained a litre of sesame seed oil, a bottle of soy sauce, some rare red chillies and a large shipment of uncooked noodles.

'It is doomed to fail,' NASA Huston's chief rocket man Major Tom told us. 'The heat shield's Teflon coating seems to be on the inside, which will do nothing to protect its occupants from the heat of re-entry. But, suspiciously, it will stop the occupants from sticking to the side of the craft, should they all be cooked alive during the process.'

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