Ideabird 4/11/12

The trip to the Kuiper belt was audacious. Using a comet on its way out, they spread a miles-wide net to catch it, with thousands of kilometers of carbon-fiber/spider-silk line spooled behind it. To keep from being shredded when the comet hit, the line was connected to dynamoes, and when the line unspooled it would power the batteries, AND make the impact more manageable. But some nitwit American was (still) using feet instead of meters in the calculations, and the drag shifted the comet just enough that they were put on a collision-course with Jupiter.

© Tony Jonick 2013