Mysterious comet soars by glowing cloudlike nebula

The inexorable juggernaut called Big Bad John, was designed by extraterrestrial committee with different climate zones serving big helpings of rocky mountains, desert mesas, and alpine forests. Eruptions of gas acted like an omnidirectional propulsion system unpredictably changing course of the comet seemingly with a mind and will all its own. As Phillips scanned the celestial body the star cruiser suddenly became drawn into an unexpected gravitational pull. The aerodynamic craft corkscrewed through streams of gas and dust striae. A solar-powered toy carousel wobbled uncontrollably on the command console as the rough-rider struggled with the control yoke. "Earning our paychecks today," he said while experiencing extreme G's.

Haviland calculated that the commander’s survival rate would increase if he ejected in the escape pod. The star sailor did not agree, but the computer did the math again and jettisoned him. Phillips’s capsule landed within a frozen expanse of tundra. The starship grounded with a dead-stick in the desolate volcanic sierra. With that the comet ever proceeded by nebular clouds embedded with gestating stars in cocoons of dust and gas into the wonders of space leaving behind an immense trailing wake resembling a shovelful of powdery dry dirt flung into the darkness of a yawning grave.

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