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The planet below them was blue and green, just like the Earth. Most of the planets the exploration team visited weren’t like that. They were rocky and airless, with nothing living at all.
Lower and lower went the Nightstar. Jez, the navigator, was looking for a safe place to land. Madge, the ship’s commander, concentrated hard on the controls.
‘To the right! there’s an open space amongst the trees!’
‘Not bad. O.K. Rik, over to you. What do you think? Is it safe to go out?’
Rik was a scientist who studied new planets. He was busy checking conditions outside.
‘We can breathe the air, so that’s good news!’
The crew put on their backpacks. Madge pressed the control to open the outer door.
The forest was cool and shady. The trees stretched upward to where a tangle of branches blocked out the sunlight. Now and again they thought they saw an animal, but it was hard to be sure.
They heard a sound and looked up. Something big was falling, falling, straight down towards them.
But it was too late. It was huge net made from ropes, with stones round the edge to make it fall quickly. The force of its fall knocked them to the ground.
Then they saw the grey figures , climbing down the trees and running towards them through the forest.
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