THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode 31
…”Lorgan it shall be,” which is how Roy labels it in the spacelog, Stardates 2030.09 and 2052.50…
“That doesn’t make sense. Telemetry puts that thing at just under 500,000 kms away. The only reflection should be the Sun,” reasons Roy.
“Take a look at Tycho’s spacelog shot of Mars’ magnetosphere, there is Deimos in the background.”
“90 km. What reflection do you see?”
To that end, a thoughtful Gus gives it a name, “My dad would call it, Lorgan.”
“I’ve made it a noun. As a Scottish Gaelic verb it would be ‘leaves a mark’.”
“I have my Aunt Sassy McKinney to thank for that. Me & Deke spent a summer learning it, as punishment for heading for the hills every time she came to visit.” He hearkens back to a much simpler time, when they were a nuclear family; together & grounded.
“For what is worth, Lorgan is weightless. It doesn’t register on the density sensors. Is it real or our just a figment?”
“What we see with our eyes or with Cameras and Spacelogs cannot all be wrong.” Roy decides to bring another set of experienced eyes to the party. “I want Fletcher Fitch to take a gander. He knows more about satellites than anyone on this planet.”
The engineering wiz obliges.
“So do you think it’s a satellite?” asks Roy.
Gus may have given it a name, but falls short of defining it.
Neither does Roy. “I don’t have a clue what Lorgan is or isn’t, but we are going to keep this under our helmets, okay? For now, let’s take a look around the solar system before we shut things down for the day.”
What a day it has been. Gus is back and safe. Roy himself is not confined to a hospital bed, while hearing yet another story about 2 of the missing McKinneys.
Tonight, is Triple-fudge Delight ice cream night at the Crippen residence.
Life is good to them… so far.