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God Boat 5

That's how Google translates 神舟五号, Shenzhou 5, China's latest manned spacecraft. That's a great name for a ship! It's somehow poetic but down to earth (?!) at the same time. It's right out of Banks.

Perhaps the American's could start being more inventive too. Rather than Discovery or Endeavour, I look forward to Significant Dollar Value, Election Promise and the ever popular Getting There First.

British Ships would be called There's Bugger All Else to Do Down Here, Back in Time for Tea and The Wrong Kind of Space whilst the French would go for Supplément Terrestre, Pénétration Celeste and perhaps Francophonie Universelle.


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Oct. 14th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Other potential names for US spacecraft:

The Penetrator
Compensation IV
Converting the Heathen Martians
A Jerry Bruckheimer Production
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
We could also have the following:

We're still a world power, honest
We still have a manufacturing sector, honest
We have a socialist non-authoritarian government, honest*
Produced via a public-private partnership
Catering outsourced to Gate Gourmet

* not directly relevant, I know, but I couldn't resist.
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