NASA posts image of crashed flying 'saucer' from space

Mindy Sparks
November 7, 2018

As part of its "Astronomy picture of the day" series, the space agency, with tongue firmly in cheek, the suggestively-titled image, "Flying Saucer Crash Lands in Utah Desert".

However, the story of this spacecraft is still an interesting one - Genesis launched in 2001 to study the Sun and featured a sample-return capsule that was similar in shape to a flying saucer.

Adding spice to the admission, the space agency also admitted that the mysterious object in the Utah desert had been "tracked by radar and chased by helicopters".

"The year was 2004, and no space aliens were involved", NASA wrote on its website.

As the return capsule was making its way back to Earth, its parachutes failed to open as planned, causing the unexpectedly hard landing, NASA said.


Science Alert reports that the Genesis return capsule was supposed to re-enter the atmosphere when a mortar aboard the spacecraft was supposed to blow and release a parachute to slow and stabilize its descent.

'Despite the crash landing, many return samples remained in good enough condition to analyze, ' Nasa added.

It hit the ground at 186mph, but the ship was still able to capture solar wind particles which would have been deflected by Earth's magnetic field and be analysed.

The space agency says these results preserved from the Genesis have helped provide new details behind how the sun and the planets of our solar system originally formed.

Solar physics researchers are said to be relying on Genesis sample data to develop an understanding of how material is ejected from the sun. A fragment created by people robot who has been near the Sun and returned to Earth.

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