The cavern was surprisingly large for a comet. Melting ice formed fat and short icicles in the minuscule gravity that the comet had. Most of the water floated in a thin, almost indistinguishable from vacuum, atmosphere. Julie shone the flashlight onto walls, saw its light fractured into a myriad of smaller beams reflected by the remaining crystals of the cavern that hid from furious sunlight scorching the surface outside. The comet was passing the nearest point to the Sun doing the gravity assist. It, of course, caused a significant loss of water vaporized by blazing Sun but was energetically and engineeringly simpler.
Julie opened yet another container for samples and bent over the nearest puddle. Suddenly she saw it change color from dark brown to fluorescent pink. Julie’s hand trembled and she dropped the flashlight. It swirled slowly, gradually falling to the ground as if in slow motion. Julie exhaled loudly, grabbed the flashlight, and started collecting pink fluid into the container.
“You okay there, Jules?” asked Cornelius.
“Yes, boss. Just found something you wouldn’t believe!” replied Julie.