In the control room, NASA engineers were transfixed by the startling image from the Mars Rover, the horned skull of an animal with a tree growing around it.
The bio specialist opened her microphone and spoke.
“Advanced animal life, and fairly recent.”
She commanded the Rover to extract a bone sample and do an analysis. In seconds, it beamed back the results.
“This skull is less than five years old,” said the bio specialist. “Amazing.”
A deafening metallic screech blasted from the audio and the image jerked sideways. A thunderous growl and then the image flipped upside-down and went dark.
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