AN ACTUAL “flying saucer” crash landed in the Utah desert 14 years ago – and Nasa has just released a picture of it. The object fell from outer space and smashed down into Earth in 2004, and was located after being “tracked by radar and chased by helicopters”. It’s not an alien craft, of course: it’s actually the sample return capsule of a robot spaceship called Genesis. The spaceship was launched by Nasa in 2001 on a bold mission to study the Sun. A saucer-shaped capsule from Nasa’s Genesis craft was always destined to return to Earth. But the parachutes failed to open as planned, which led to an “unexpectedly hard landing” at more than 300 kilometres per hour. “The year was 2004, and no space aliens were involved,” said Nasa. “The impact occurred near Granite Peak on a remote portion of the Utah Test and Training Range. “No people or structures were anywhere near the area.” The mission involved the Genesis orbiting the Sun at a safe distance. This allowed the Genesis to collect solar wind particles that would normally by deflected away from Earth by our planet’s magnetic field. The crash landing was unfortunate, but it didn’t get… Read full this story
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