NASA explains this 'flying saucer' that crash-landed in Utah

Postado Novembro 06, 2018

What NASA is calling a "flying saucer" crash-landed in the Utah desert 14 years ago, and the photo is now getting new life after being reposted by the space agency.

However, the image is probably not exactly what alien hunters have been waiting for.

The space agency noted that Geneisis was "being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters", but since its parachute did not open as planned, it took an "unexpectedly hard landing", hitting the ground at more than 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph).

The object is the remains of a spaceship which studied the sun before falling back down to Earth. The crashed device was from the human-made robot Genesis spaceship launched in 2001 by NASA.

'The Genesis mission had been orbiting the Sun collecting solar wind particles that are usually deflected away by Earth's magnetic field.

Despite coming down to Earth much more violently than expected, numerous samples the return capsule carried remained in good enough condition to study. This included unprecedented details about the composition of the Sun and the elemental differences between the star and the inner planets, as well as providing insights into the abundance of certain elements throughout our solar system. Its "results have provided intriguing clues into details of how the sun and planets formed billions of years ago", NASA said.

Of course, we still don't know whether aliens actually exist or not - but there was some other good news for people who believe in extraterrestrials today.