London - A US Jet Convulsion Laboratory analyst first signalled the Comet break-up last April when debris from its crumbling nucleus briefly blacked-out the International Space Station's roving telescope.
"It was always a borderline pie-in-the-sky scam," NASA Emeritus Professor of Parapsychobabble Dr Einstein Flintstone tweeted today.
Alignment with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's Gemini North Telescope on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, facilitated covert surveillance of the busted High Street giant which has folded with the loss of more than 6,000 jobs.
Fragmentation of Comet's core activities was originally detected at the Remanzacco Observatory in Haleakala, Hawaii.
Scanners tracking off-balance sheet items were alerted to an unexpected massive lack of liquidity by hydrologists working at Arizona's Kitt Peak National Observatory.
That data was passed on to Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics where the full scale of the astronomical meltdown soon became apparent.
Expect a fire sale acquisition by the Euro Milky Way Partnership to snap up whatever remains of the fallen giant.