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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Writing Mad Science Benjamin's lines is a blast. He gets to cut through difficulties by waving a big gun and explaining what he wants. He's like Greta, except not completely psychotic and evil.

(Cue Mark saying "Not completely psychotic, no.")

In science news, NASA has stated that space commerce is the key to exploration of the Moon. All I can say to that is "duh, obviously." If the Moon can be made to turn a profit, it'll have condominiums on it before you can say "magnificent desolation."

Also in the news is the breakup of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which is going to pieces. The comet is breaking into bits, which are then breaking into smaller bits. The pictures of it are amazing.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I like this page. All the snappy repartee and Benjamin's expressions came out very well (at least so far). Mad Science Benjamin is just a more expressive guy, I suppose.

As long as we're into this science thing you may find Pan-STARRS interesting. The main purpose of this highly advanced telescope is in fact to locate and track all potential Earth-impacting asteroids. It's good news that this project is underway, make no mistake: consider that five minutes from now an asteroid could come out of nowhere and put a swift end to all our petty human squabbling, and we'd quite possibly never see it coming. But if we've got the Solar System under full observation, it's a different story. Instead of coming out of nowhere, the asteroid or other near-Earth object would be detected moving in its orbit years or even decades before impact. We already have the ability to put a space probe precisely on target where NEOs are concerned and with an atom bomb we could shift the asteroid's orbit enough to save the day.

For squabbling!