Transcript of Interview with Zog

TRANSLATOR:
We have determined that you weigh 33 pounds on Earth?
How much do you weigh on your homeland?

Zog:
Only a couple of pounds.

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

Zog:
My earth birthday is December 14, 1965. I will be 37 Earth years old.

TRANSLATOR:
How old are you on your homeland?

Zog:
One-tenth of a year.

TRANSLATOR:
How long is a year on your homeland?

Zog:
About equal to 248 Earth years.

TRANSLATOR:
How long is a day on your homeland?

Zog:
Well, it is the amount of time it takes my planet to rotate once completely, of course.

TRANSLATOR:
How many natural satellites does your homeland have?

Zog:
The same number of satellites as the Earth.

TRANSLATOR:
Any rings?

Zog:
Nope.

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

Zog:
It has an icy part and a rocky part.

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?

Zog:
It is an outer planet.

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

Zog:
Almost 40 astronomical units!

TRANSLATOR:
What is the size of your homeland?

Zog:
The diameter is more than 2,000 km.

TRANSLATOR:
Describe the atmosphere of your homeland.

Zog:
The air is made mostly of nitrogen gas, just like that of the Earth. It also has carbon monoxide and methane.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the surface temperature of your homeland?

Zog:
I live on the coldest planet in the solar system.

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

Zog:
I heard that the United States is planning one in 2010.

TRANSLATOR:
What is the latest news on your homeland?

Zog:
The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft passed the orbit of my planet in 2000.

TRANSLATOR:
How did your homeland get its name?

Zog:
It was named after a Roman god who, after the defeat of the Titans by the Jovian gods, obtained the kingdom of the underworld.