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  •  Too bad we can't get the US government (1+ / 0-)
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    to do things like this anymore.

    At some point it might dawn on countries (again) that countries (or corporations or rich people with bad attitudes) that own a punkin chunker on the moon aren't to be trifled with.  Many of those homemade devices on the science channel show for launching pumpkins could devastate earth.

    ... Just did a quick calculation.  Assuming 500 mph muzzle velocity on some of the punkin chunkers, according to one website's estimate of sci channel muzzle velocities, a punkin chunker would be able to chuck a pumpkin at about 1/6 the moon's escape velocity.  They would have to use smaller pumpkins or beef up their chunkers if they wanted to blow the crap out of the US with pumpkins.  Or moon rocks, ala Heinlein.

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