It’s all a goofy-ass gimmick to promote a foreign exchange company, but a group of “scientists” has developed QUIDs—Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denominations—rounded polymer chits to be used for transactions “in 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. … “In the fullness of time we will have to adopt a universal currency if we are going to carry out serious commerce in space. It’s an interesting initiative.”
[Redacted] said: “It’s only a matter of time before people will be walking up to our shops and asking for Quids for their two weeks in a space hotel.”
Before QUIDs all the astronauts on Mir had to wash out Russian food tubes to get a hot meal. I’m sure a pocket full of QUIDs would be worth the several thousand dollars in fuel expenses.
New currency for space travellers [BBC] (Thanks, Sandra!)