Monday, November 13, 2006

Alarming News from Mars

There's disturbing news from the NASA this week. The Mars Global Surveyor satellite, which has been quietly and reliably mapping our neighbor for some years now, went silent over a week ago and has not been heard from since.

The BBC is dutifully reporting the official party line about a misaligned antenna, of course, as is, but as we all know, the story most vigorously advanced by an official government spokesman is usually the story that is furthest from the truth.

So here's today's creative challenge. Put on your propellor beanies and give me a one-paragraph synopsis of your story explaining what really happened to the MGS. Did it get spacejacked and taken for a joyride by some LGMs? Blasted out of orbit by a heat ray preparatory to the launch of the invasion fleet? Devoured by a giant space amoeba? Or did it accidentally snap some photos of that secret Russian base that's been up there since 1956?

After all, they do call Mars the Red Planet...