Transcript of Interview with Nondon

TRANSLATOR:
We have determined that you weigh 56 pounds on Earth?
How much do you weigh on your homeland?

Nondon:
About 21 pounds.

TRANSLATOR:
When is your Earth birthday?
How old will you be on your next Earth birthday?

Nondon:
I will be 83. My Earth birthday is August 3, 1919.

TRANSLATOR:
How old are you on your homeland?

Nondon:
Almost 44.

TRANSLATOR:
How long is a year on your homeland?

Nondon:
687 days.

TRANSLATOR:
How long is a day on your homeland?

Nondon:
About 37 minutes longer than a day on Earth.

TRANSLATOR:
How many natural satellites does your homeland have?

Nondon:
Just 2.

TRANSLATOR:
Any rings?

Nondon:
No

TRANSLATOR:
Describe some of the major surface features of your homeland.

Nondon:
It has surface features such as enormous volcanoes and valleys that are frequently obscured by huge dust storms.

TRANSLATOR:
Is your homeland an inner planet, outer planet, or not a planet?
If it is a planet, is it a terrestrial or gas planet?

Nondon:
It is an inner, terrestrial planet.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the distance from the Sun to your homeland?

Nondon:
About 228 million miles.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the size of your homeland?

Nondon:
It has a diameter of less than 7000 kilometers.

TRANSLATOR:
Describe the atmosphere of your homeland.

Nondon:
It is made of carbon dioxide, argon, and nitrogen.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the surface temperature of your homeland?

Nondon:
-67 degrees Farenheit

TRANSLATOR:
Have there been any space missions to your homeland?

Nondon:
Pathfinder landed on the surface of my planet on July 4, 1997.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the latest news on your homeland?

Nondon:
The 2001 Odyssey will collect data on what chemicals and minerals make up the surface of my planet.

TRANSLATOR:
How did your homeland get its name?

Nondon:
It was named after the father of the famous Roman heroes Romulus and Remus who founded the city of Rome.