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Saturday, 1 August 2009

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Melvin In Happier Days.

Ironically coincidental with the demise of the man who first walked on the moon, NASA has discovered that it had forgotten an astronaut on the moon. In fact, it appears that he was left at the time of Apollo 11's historic milestone.

NASA astronomers have identified the silver 'lump' lying near the still visible marks of the first moon probe as "Melvin, the 4th astronaut." Apparently he had been secreted aboard the spacecraft and kept undercover in case one of the others made an ass out of himself during the highly televised event. Had Armstong taken a whiz on the moon's surface or Aldrin mooned the camera, Melvin would have been edited in to replace them. It appears that he exited the craft after Armstong, but was intentionally kept out of camera view. After the mission, his presence was neglected as they returned to earth. It was imagined that he died an unpleasant death, as researchers can make out with advanced telescopes that he spelled out "You God-damned assho...." in the moon dirt before he croaked. It is believed he was trying to write "assistants", but misspelled it as his oxygen ran low.

Melvin, his body now thoroughly dehydrated by the dry lunar atmosphere, will be left where it is for it would be too expensive to bring him back. When asked about why he was left behind, astronaut Aldrin, now in his 80's said "Apollo what? Where? What do you mean by 'moon'?" Astronaut Armstong, also 80, said nothing but had a very self satisfied smile on his face afterwards.

Some conspiracy theorists believe that Melvin was intentionally left behind because the others did not want to share the glory with him. There has been talk that it was actually Melvin who first stepped out on the moon and said "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Re-listening to the tapes of the moon walk, Armstong can be heard to say afterwards, "Damn it! I had dibs for going out first, you jerk!", then the sounds of a heavy-breathed fight that was apparently edited out of the film.

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