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NASA 'flying saucer' image is not what it seems

By T.K. Randall
November 5, 2018 · Comment icon 8 comments

Has NASA really posted up a picture of a crashed UFO ? Image Credit: NASA / USAF 388th Range Sqd
One of the space agency's recent 'picture of the day' posts reads 'flying saucer crash lands in Utah Desert'.
The posting, which has no doubt prompted more than a few double takes, shows a photograph of a metallic object crashed in the desert with two helicopters sitting in the background.

"A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters," NASA wrote in the caption underneath the picture.

Predictably, however, neither the photograph nor the caption are quite what they seem.

The truth, it turns out, is that the image shows the sample return capsule from the Genesis mission which was launched in 2001 to study the Sun.
Part of the mission had involved collecting solar wind particles and returning them to Earth for study.

"No space aliens were involved," NASA explained. "The saucer, pictured here, was the Genesis sample return capsule, part of a human-made robot Genesis spaceship launched in 2001."

"The unexpectedly hard landing at over 300 kilometers per hour occurred because the parachutes did not open as planned."

The full image can be viewed - here.

Source: NASA | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Not A Rockstar 6 years ago
Ouch. Well, maybe it returned the samples, but, not sure how useful they will be after that crash for study!!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
Actually NASA was able to extract useful samples from the vehicle: Source: wikipedia
Comment icon #3 Posted by aztek 6 years ago
so it our saucer, not alien, oh well,  nothing to see here.
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Lets get straight to the important part:  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy 6 years ago
The image is exactly what it seems.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chaldon 6 years ago
Why wouldn't Jim Bridenstine post in his Twitter a picture of himself with a huge poster in his hands saying "There are no aliens!!!"
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
It's exactly what it looks like, a crashed space craft.... I read it was due to the g-force sensor being put in backwards, so the parachutes did not deploy. You'd think they would have run a diagnostic that would have caught such a technical error, before it was launched.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Aardvark-DK 6 years ago
A hammer and some paint, then it's good to go again !


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