Kind of a slow day at Mission Control. The parking lot is nearly empty.
That statue, by the way? Here’s a sketch I did of it from a few years back:
Ellie discovered a new species, which she labeled the Fuzzy Rumpus, due to its rather furry behind. They’re regularly mistaken for shrubs since they burrow down into the ground and only their hind ends show above the surface. Sometimes they remain in place for years until they suck the moisture out of the ground. Then they move on. So it’s a rare occurrence to actually catch one with its front end out in public.
I think Ellie was late for her launch to Planet X. Here’s a commission I dd for the comic Ace Kilroy a few years ago. I’m not sure if their Ellie was swiping our Ellie, or if she was getting her to the launch on time. By the way, that’s a much younger Ralph Peterson, the security guard, back there.