By Hal Clement
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Neither is it fragile. " Getting a drill into it was going to be a problem, all could guess. Barn Inger massed, in space gear, just under a hundred kilograms; on Titan's surface he weighed almost exactly thirteen, less than he would have on Earth's moon. Even with the ice not slippery he lacked both weight to make the drill bite and traction to avoid being turned by it. The tool itself was powered, but at the first high-speed try it simply skittered around on the surface. At the lowest rpm available the wielder found himself pushed sideways whenever it started to bite.
The calm voice of Status, committed to reporting changes of background whenever they reached a certain level without regard to their probability of danger, made itself heard. "There is a slow general descent of the polar air mass covered so far on this air circulation run. Symmetry suggests it to be quite precisely centered on the pole itself. There must be poleward flow above Theia's present altitude, and equatorward below. Repetition of the present flight pattern at a larger number of levels than originally planned appears in order.
He toppled backward with fascinating deliberation in Titan's gravity, and settled to the ground with his feet more than a meter behind the point where he had been standing. He neither spoke nor moved. " Maria's mild voice was the first to be heard. For once, the amusement was gone. There was no question whom she was addressing, and Belvew banked Meta sharply to the left. A real-surroundings view chose that moment to appear on his screen, but he didn't heed it. He knew he was in the station, flying with his waldo suit; he knew he would have to bring Crius back up, board it physically, and get back to the surface before he or anyone could help his partner.