“Falling Through a Gas Giant”
His spacecraft having clipped itself upon Jupiter’s dim rings (which led to a series of cursing due to the fact that he always forgot that Jupiter HAD rings), Leon Morrow finds himself sucked into the gas giant’s powerful magnetosphere.
While Jupiter is MANY times the size of Earth, it is nearly entirely comprised of hydrogen and helium, so as Leon passed through the ammonia cloud cover and struck the ‘surface’ of the planet, he simply kept going.
The swirling sea of gasses engulf him as he falls deeper and deeper through the body of the enormous gas giant…
As the days pass, Leon can feel the atmosphere become thicker, almost like a dense ocean of squishy liquid gas, and his descent has subsequently slowed down somewhat. His protective spacesuit has somehow managed to withstand the extreme gravitational pressures for now, but the star-like heat and unfathomable radiation readings are taking their toll on his frail human body.
Since no one is sure if Jupiter even HAS a core for Leon to hit and finally die, Leon theorizes he will just keep going and going, circling the layers of the planet as he falls, until he finally succumbs to the radiation poisoning.
As he wakes up sometime during the third week, his face melting and sickness coating the inside of his helmet, his infoscreen beeps out a happy reminder jingle that today is his birthday.
Posted April 3rd, 2012
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