August 21, 1993

On August 21, 1993, the ‘Mars Observer’, a robotic space probe launched by NASA went dark three days prior to orbital insertion around Mars. It was supposed to study the Martian surface, atmosphere, climate and magnetic field. But it was lost to NASA sensors and never found. Ripsorck Epsilom 14 of Gliese 832 told NASA he was no where near Mars on August 21 and his spaceship absolutely did not accidently bump the space probe and send it crashing onto the Martian surface. Ripsorck also asked, just because he was curious, how much did the Martian Observer mission costs? Not that he was responsible or anything, it was just that he was just wondering, you know. NASA said $980 million American dollars. Ripsorck said he was DEFINITELY no where near Mars on August 21. In fact, he wasn’t even in the Terran Solar System on August 21, 1993. If NASA didn’t believe him, they could ask his binary-pod partner. She/he/she would vouch for him.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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