monkey can

n.

  1. A manned spacecraft.

The first human expedition was put together by ESA Studios six years ago, followed by a couple of wildcat mining prospectors and a μ-commerce bus that scattered half a million pico-probes throughout the Jupiter subsystem. Now the Sanger has arrived, along with another three monkey cans (one from Mars, two more from LEO) and it looks as if colonization is about to explode, except that there are at least four mutually exclusive Grand Plans for what to do with old Jove’s mass. —Charles Stross, Accelerando

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