Battlepanda: Space Money


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Space Money

Because at the Mars Hilton, they don't take American Express.
Scientists have come up with a new currency designed to be used by inter-planetary travellers.

It is called the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid.

Why a special currency for space?
"None of the existing payment systems we use on earth - like cash, credit or debit cards - could be used in space," said Professor George Fraser from the University of Leicester.

"Anything with sharp edges, like coins, would be a risk to astronauts while the chips and magnetic strips used in our cards on Earth would be damaged beyond repair by cosmic radiation," he added.

Using any sort of technology that involved sending and receiving information from Earth would also be impractical because of the distances involved.
And the all important question: what's the exchange rate?
It is currently quoting the currency at £6.25 to the Quid.