"That’s OUR moon and we’re going to eat STEAK up there some day!"
-Joe the Cowboy
New Delhi -- India successfully launched its unmanned Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft to embark on a two-year mission of exploration of what most Trekkies still refer to as "The Final Frontier."
The head of the Indian Space Scouting Unit (ISSU), Mr. Dupai Yash, was quoted earlier today at a press conference:
"Our scientific community has once again done the country proud and the entire nation salutes them.
Today, what we have charted is a remarkable journey for an Indian spacecraft to go to the moon and try to unravel the mysteries of how celestial bodies can operate call centers for a fraction of the cost here on Earth."
In addition to the robotic probe's orbit of the Moon, Yash also explained:
"The craft will also map the distribution of elements, minerals (such as titanium) and will detect Helium 3, an isotope which is rare on Earth, but is sought to power nuclear fusion and is loads of fun to play with when you're making prank phone calls around the office and wish to disguise your voice to sound just like Mickey Mouse."
How thrify is this Space junket? "Pretty cheap!" beamed Yash. The mission is expected to cost 3.8bn rupees (£45m; $78m), considerably less than Japanese and Chinese probes sent to the Moon last year -- all "major steps" for India as it seeks to keep pace with other space-faring, blue-tooth wearing telemarketing beings. -2Truthy