After 10,000 Earth years since the last visit, today was Earth’s turn. The Angelic Scientific Krew (ASK) chattered happily (telepathically) at how good the planet looked. Clean skies and water, lush vegetation of all kinds, and a full complement of fauna — but curiously no humans. It was surprising, as humans had a red asterisk on the list as dominant and dangerous to planet viability. There were no obvious clues to solve the mystery.
Agreeing that they didn’t have time to solve it with their overbooked itinerary, they loaded Earth’s black box onto the ship and headed for Mars.
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