Kiwi in Space

  • Public Address Radio,

    This year we celebrate the 50 years since the first man in space, 30 years since the first space shuttle launch and one year since the start of the KiwiSpace Foundation - determined to get Kiwi into the sky. Damian Christie and Russell Brown caught up with KiwiSpace executive director Mark Mackay.

    Since Feb 2010 • 327 posts Report Reply

3 Responses

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Surely a bit reckless, given the endangered status of the Kiwi.

    I know the Russians fired dogs and monkeys, but they are at least fairly widespread.

    Maybe if we need a lightweight creature for tests (although given it was all done in the 1950s, you have to ask why) a sparrow or fieldmouse would be more appropriate.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I think we should put up a tui ... sputnik went around the world beeping ... about a day after we put up TUI1 we'll start getting impassioned cries of "can't you shut that bloody thing off?" proving that we really have found our place among the world's spacefaring nations

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2606 posts Report Reply

  • Public Address Radio,

    Rich, I think you're forgetting the old adage about omelets and eggs. If you want attention for the world, why not send up your mascot to a hero? It'd definitely be iconic and something for the country to get behind.

    Since Feb 2010 • 327 posts Report Reply

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