The Future

Unbeknownst to the scientists, engineers and public at large, a small, unassuming microbe hitched a ride on the rover sent to Mars. Long after the extinction of carbon-based life-forms on our own planet Earth, a new ecosystem emerged on that fiery red orb light years away. Eventually, a very long eventually, consciousness again arose, and with it tools, societies, professions. And as ever-curious as most life is, these martians questioned their origins, created great scientific and theological institutions to engage this very subject. But never in a billion years, literally, did any of them predict their ancestors were merely stowaways on a clunky, metal robot flying through outer space.

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