A Russian schoolgirl has wowed the crowds at an exhibition of youthful scientific inventions by rolling out a high-tech Venus rover, Pravda reports.
Anna Shvetsova, of Noginsk, near Moscow, used “A Step to the Future” to demonstrate her "silvery disk, reminiscent to either a UFO or two bowls glued together" which apparently uses an engine based on Tolchin’s inertioid.
As Pravda notes, Shvetsova still has to tackle the matter of Venus's surface temperature - which can reach 480°C and which has made short work of previous probes to the planet - but she says her rover is designed to endure 50 days.
The sceptical among you might question the viability of Shvetsova's vehicle, but you should note that she may be blessed with insights and abilities not enjoyed by mere mortals.
As Pravda explains, Shvetsova is an "Indigo Child" - one of a group of youth who will "take the human civilization to a higher level of development".
The term comes from the hue of the children's auras, as classified by psychic Nancy Ann Tappe in her seminal 1982 work Understanding Your Life Through Color. She wrote: "The Indigo phenomenon has been recognized as one of the most exciting changes in human nature ever documented in society.
"The Indigo label describes the energy pattern of human behavior which exists in over 95 per cent of the children born in the last 10 years … This phenomena is happening globally and eventually the Indigos will replace all other colors."
In case you can't see people's auras, and are wondering if your sprog is Indigo and might one day knock up an intergalactic anti-grav drive or cold fusion generator on the kitchen table, here are the tell-tale signs:
As small children, Indigo’s [sic] are easy to recognize by their unusually large, clear eyes. Extremely bright, precocious children with an amazing memory and a strong desire to live instinctively, these children of the next millennium are sensitive, gifted souls with an evolved consciousness who have come here to help change the vibrations of our lives and create one land, one globe and one species. They are our bridge to the future.
So now you know. Next stop: Venus. ®