It's a fun story, & a good one; but don't look for logic or enlightenment.
Took me a while to figure out what was going on; had to go back half way through & reread. But that's part of the fun.
Story summary.Year is 2001. Two groups can see, via their respective instruments, the NASA's Mars Polar Lander that crashed on Mars 2 years earlier. Their interpretations based on available data lead to unusual conclusions & actions...
Fact sheet.First published: Aphelion, sometime in 2008.
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