NASA has given details of an extraordinary discovery made by its Mars Rover Curiosity when sifting through a bucket of sand it had scooped up for analysis. ‘It spotted an unidentified object made of a primitive type of plastic,’ said NASA’s website, ‘and beamed a detailed 3-dimensional image of it back to Earth, when it was immediately recognisable as an upper denture set.’
By comparing the image against a database of dental records, the denture was quickly traced to one Albert Postlethwaite, a resident of Sheffield in the 1930s. Albert’s grandson Andrew said he was ‘gobsmacked’ at the discovery.
‘It’s an old family story,’ he told reporters, ‘about the day Grandpa sneezed and his top set shot out, never to be seen again. Grandma always joked that it was ejected with such ferocity, it probably landed on the moon, but Grandpa was not amused. It’s just such a tragedy that when he died, his final words to me were ‘I never did find out where that bloody denture went.’’