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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Next Conan's Hint: Giant robot!

Those of you who guessed that the three mad scientists were hearing sounds conducted through the ground all get thumbs-up. The one fellow who guessed that the Moon was partially terraformed gets credit for a good imagination!

Regolith, if you're wondering, is what the loose soil is called on the surface of planets and moons. Most of the regolith on the Moon is a fine gray powdery soil that was formed, in the absence of atmospheric or water weathering, by the fracturing of stone in cratering events and micrometeorite impacts, as well as by thermal changes from the lunar day to the lunar night cracking rocks.

Speaking of the Moon, if you ever have a chance to go to Washington, D.C., I strongly recommend heading to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. There's a four billion year old Moon rock there, placed out where anyone can touch it. Unless the rock's been moved since I was last there, it's right next to the Apollo 11 command module, which went to the Moon and back when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon. Standing beside the command module is awesome in the truest sense - it inspires awe.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Oh-kayyy... sorry for the delay. This is the second Thursday in a row that RCN has scheduled maintenance at the exact time I tend to be ready to upload the comic. I'm not real happy about it, believe me. If this continues on we'll have to... to... think of... something... to do about it. Yeah, so that sort of petered out at the end.

Anyway, to make up for this unfortunate incident you get an army of robots, and who doesn't like that?