NASA Announces Mission to Find Russell's Teapot

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Friday, 9 May 2008

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HOUSTON, TX - Following through on the Bush Administration's support for faith-based science initiatives, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced the 2010 launch of its Faith Science Mission (FSM) probe, which is tasked with searching for the elusive object known as Russell's Teapot.

First theorized by Welsh philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1952, his kitchen utensil namesake is believed to lie between the orbits of Earth and Mars.

The Teapot exerts no empirically measurable influence on other celestial objects, and it has thus far proven either too small or too tenuous to be detected by the most powerful telescopes in any light wavelength range. Nevertheless, it "must exist," according to faith-based science advocates within NASA.

If FSM succeeds in locating Russell's Teapot, it will return photographs and analyses of the object's composition, as well as search for cups and saucers in orbit around the Teapot.

If the probe is unable to find the Teapot, NASA budget officials maintain that such a failure won't prove that it doesn't exist. It only means that they will need more funding to continue the search.

NASA critics have derisively dubbed the probe the Flying Spaghetti Monster because of its acronym.

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