Omigod - who is this? I know it's someone real, because you mentioned Tahoma, someone I tastefully kept out of my story. Wow. It's nice to have someone out of my past who remebers this. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can reconnect. And just for the record, the loss of Mars Observer was probably due to a fuel system malfunction - most likely the last-minute changeout of the stainless steel fule valves to tianium ones as a weight-saving measure. Seems that the actuation of the valve probably caused sparks that ignited the aforementioned vapors. Will supply the few details I have to anyone interested... Just write.