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In WWI, for the first time ever,
Now, fought with the
terrible weapons of super-science,
menacing every creature
on Earth, comes...
No one would have believed,
in the middle of the 20th century,
watched by a greater intelligence.
Yet, across the gulf of space,
on the planet Mars,
intellects vast and unsympathetic
regarded our Earth enviously,
slowly and surely
Mars is more than 140 million miles
from the sun.
For centuries it has been
in the last stages of exhaustion.
At night, temperatures drop
far below zero, even at its equator.
we have scarcely dreamed,
searching for another world
They could not go to Pluto,
outermost of all planets,
and so cold that its atmosphere
lies frozen on its surface.
They couldn't use Neptune or Uranus,
both surrounded by an atmosphere
They considered Saturn, attractive
with its moons and rings,
but its temperature is
and ice lies 15,000 miles deep
on its surface.
The atmosphere is awful. Thousands
They couldn't go there, nor to Mercury,
nearest planet to the sun.
It has no air. The temperature at
Of all the worlds the life forms
on Mars could see and study,
only our own Earth was green
with vegetation, bright with water,
eloquent of fertility.
Or that from the blackness of outer
space we were being scrutinised.
Till the time we drew close to Mars'
- Is that a fireball or something?
- Boy, that's big.
I'm gonna see. Who's coming?
This is Pine Summit. I got a smoke.
160 degrees, 30 minutes.
Big? I bet it's as big as anything
that ever lit in California.
Better get something over there.
Number Three to D.O.
- D.O. To Number Three, come in.
Okay, send the tanker in, but you
They probably saw it come down.
I'll tell them. What's it look like?
It's too hot to get near enough
for a good look, but it's enormous.
I got a message for you. You're the
guys from Pacific Tech, ain't you?
- Have some?
Well, I might just do that.
It's about that meteor.
They say it's a whopper.
They phoned us up on the summit.
- It didn't come down like a meteor.
It came down in spurts.
It's big as a house and red-hot.
- I'll borrow your car and take a look.
- We ought to get back.
- I'll fly Bilder back down in your plane.
- Okay, the insurance is paid up.
- No, I'll smoke it later.
Did you watch it come down?
I saw it from my window.
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