Arriving on the ground at the foot of the ramp the party organized themselves in a semi-circle with the Colonel at the focus. Back on Earth a billion breaths were held; what was the Colonel going to say?
He raised his dimpled chin. "As I gaze out across this world, holding the flag of Human Unity, I plant it as a symbol of our intelligence and progress in working together to reach out to the stars." He raised the flag in two brawny hands and with an artistic flourish plunged it into the ground at his feet.
A monstrous rolling voice thundered across the landing site, rocking the entourage. "Oww!"