Mark’s car beeps locked as he enters from SL holding his keys and an ID card attached to a lanyard in his hand. He pulls on a white lab coat over his button-down shirt and tie. He swipes the card in front of a small scanner and enters a lab at CENTER-SR. Ashley Lu approaches Mark with a cluster of papers, pictures, and print-outs.
Ashley. Hey... uhhh... Mark? Could you look at these? The telescope picked up some really odd stuff, on that asteroid we found last night, while we were gone.
Mark. Sure, Ash. Talk to me. I’m just gonna have some coffee.
Ashley. Well, you’ll remember the asteroid we found, we estimated to be about 2000 to 10000 years away from us. And it really only had about a 15% chance of coming anywhere close to Earth. But last night, the telescope picked it up again, but this time it was about 1000 to 5000 years away — that was around 1 a.m. And then again at 2 a.m. the same asteroid moved to 500 to 1000 years away. And it kept coming. This thing is going REALLY fast. Well... uhhh... sir, I don’t think this is an asteroid.
Mark becomes more and more puzzled throughout the conversation. He sits at a table in the center of the lab and looks over the print-outs from the telescope.
Mark. What the hell? Uhh... Ash, where is the asteroid now? This one, here... points out one of the papers ...this is from 8 o’clock this morning. But there’s no asteroid — so where’d it go?
Ashley. That’s the problem sir. At the speed it was going it would be right on top of us sir. Yet, it’s nowhere to be found.
Mark. What about NASA. The US army. Anyone else know where’d it go.
Ashley. Well, that’s the other problem: no one else ever saw it.