An exploratory dig of the suface of the moon in a search for minerals has unmooned a stranded scientist. He is believed to be the chief executive of the Silicon Valley space laboratory, Moon Express, Dr Robert (Bob) Richards who was given up as lost in a secret mission to the Moon by NASA in 1999.
He is said to be in good form having survived on Blue String Pudding, and Green Soup harvested from subterranean wells by the Soup Dragon.
"The guys in pretty good shape," said a NASA spokesman, "but gravitational pull has given him a real moonface. We think this may have implications for future visits to the Red Planet if guys end up looking like Mars bars and melt on re-entry."
A NASA team is now on standby to bring the scientist back to earth where, ironically he will undergo tests in his own laboratory at Moon Express. Scientists there will also test the suitability of moon cheese for their sister company Pizza Express.
In a brief statement to the press Bob said, "I managed to crawl into a hole and covered it with an old dustbin lid. They say there's no sound on the moon but, boy that clanging sound from meteor impacts drove me nuts."
Interest in the mission's 'man in the moon' discovery has resulted in the commissioning of a space probe by Scotland Yard in their ongoing search for Lord Lucan.