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Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Deimos is, of course, one of the two moons of Mars. It's a little potato of a satellite, the smallest moon known to science. Like its larger sibling moon Phobos, Deimos is probably an asteroid captured by Mars from the nearby asteroid belt.

Voltaire Crater is one of two named features on Deimos to be listed by the U.S. Geological Survey. The other is Swift Crater. Both are named for authors who wrote about satellites of Mars.

Names for physical features on planets other than Earth must be approved by the International Astronomical Union. There are some basic rules for naming planetary features, which lends the names on each of the planets and moons a sort of logical cohesion. (For example: Physical features on Venus are usually named for goddesses, with the notable exception of large craters, which are named for famous women.)

Speaking of craters, did you know there's a Sachs Patera on Venus? (A patera is an irregular crater.) I'll bet Mark didn't!

There's also an asteroid 18360 Sachs. Mark is so cool.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I'm rather pleased with the art this time around, although my general air of contentment could just be proximately caused by staying up too late playing the magisterial Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando again. But either way, if you're curious to see today's page without word balloons, just click here. Note that I have belatedly recalled Benjamin's wrist injury, he said with embarassment.

As mentioned above, there will be no comic on Monday, November 24, as your writer, your artist and a number of our bestest friends will be hangin' out and doing that nerd stuff we do so well. The comic will return on Thursday, November 27 with our fabulous 150th page! How fabulous will it be? Here's a hint: it will be in full color. Yeah!