The Galactic Government plans to expand to start selling the entire universe (there is a physics-related joke about expanding matter in there somewhere) except for the Jupiterian moon of Europa in honor of science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke who wrote in his novel 2010: Odyssey 2 (yes, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey): "All these worlds are yours to study. Except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together, use them in peace."
Other caveats: The NASA landing sites are not for sale and if NASA wants to do something like shoot a rocket into your property to kick up a big cloud of lunar dust that they can search for particles of water vapor -- well, they can. Which is kind of unfortunate, but it's not like you'd get a chance to visit anyway, even if you book a flight on Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's latest plot to get even richer by shooting millionaires into space.
The more we read about the Galactic Government and the Lunar Embassy, the more we started thinking about St. Louis. (It happens.) It turns out that the model of the moon atop the Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop is the largest in the world. What if they started selling off parcels of model moon, too? What a great holiday gift that would be!
- Nick Lucchesi
- Joe Edwards at the opening of the Moonrise Hotel.
So we called down to the Moonrise and talked to a nice young man named Mark at the front desk. Are they selling off parcels of their moon? "Boy, we currently are not!" he said pleasantly. He also informed us that the model moon is the property of Joe Edwards, who one might call the Dennis Hope of the Delmar Loop, only Joe Edwards commissioned his moon specially.
Sigh. Another dream gone.