SF Drabble #200 “Triton”

I claim this moon in the name of mankind. It has been a long and difficult journey. Those who were killed in the accident died in the name of discovery, and I salute them.

I have decided to detach the lander and proceed to the surface, even though due to the leak there is not enough fuel for a return to orbit, much less a return of the service module to Earth. I will conduct as much of the original survey and science mission as is practical alone. Data will be transmitted via main antenna as normal.

Wish me luck.

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