Palm Beach International Airport, Florida (IP) - Comet Holmes made history today when it became the first comet to land at an airport.
The comet descended through the atmosphere and as it did so it lost its small tail. The comet approached east bound and landed on the west side of the main runway.
More and more people gathered around the periphery of the airport as the comet approached in order to view and photograph the historic event. A carnival like atmosphere developed and vendors were selling food, souvenirs, and other items to the large throngs that had eagerly gathered to get a close up look at the comet.
Many people seemed disappointed that there was no comet tail apparent as the 200 feet wide potato shaped mass of primordial space material approached the airport at 200 knots. The roundish object was covered with smooth craters and patches of dry ice and water ice were visible on the comet's surface. Some areas appeared to have an iron or other metallic content. There were holes located at various areas of the comet's surface that dripped melted ice and small streams of wet dust.
As the comet approached the runway four jets shot forward from its forward end and quickly slowed down the comet and it became apparent that this was a braking mechanism.
Government officials surrounded the comet with vehicles and barricades and even reporters were prohibited from getting within 100 yards of the comet.
Three hours later the government officials cleared the area around the comet and the comet departed back into space without making so much as a sound. Officials at the site told the press and the public that a press conference would be held later and that they would release more information to the public at that time.