Space Probe RH120
Daniel G. Snethen
Astute Arizona astronomers
from the Catalina Sky Survey
spotted the reconnaissance probe
and named her RH120.
A rogue asteroid, she was caught
in Earth’s gravitational field.
Considered a secondary
or hobo moon, the alien craft
orbited Earth for 347 days
before breaking loose
to reconnoiter elsewhere.
Disguised to look like
a 3x6 meter hunk of space-rock,
the probe, equipped with infrared-video
and sophisticated scientific apparatus,
had completed its space-mission.
Eagerly our astrophysicists wait,
for perhaps even larger rogue moons,
hoping to capture one unaltered,
unburned by Earth’s atmosphere.
They plan to bring the alien craft
to planet Earth, expecting a rock,
not an interstellar Trojan horse.