KOMPAS.com – On November 4, 2018, NASA uploaded a surprising photo to the Astronomy Picture of the Day site.
The image is called "Flying Plates Experience the Landing Accidents in Utah Desert". NASA also describes that they found the object after discovering its presence with radar and chasing it by helicopter.
But you do not have to worry or even feel scared. As explained in the description of the photo, the event in 2004 had nothing to do with foreigners. The aircraft is actually a test-bearing capsule returned by Genesis spacecraft to the ground.
Genesis, launched on August 8, 2001, was NASA's ambitious effort to collect samples from the sun's wind. These particles are expected to help researchers determine the composition of the sun and study old elements when the plans in our solar system are formed.
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Unfortunately, when they returned from space, they had test-proof capsules collected by Genesis parachute errors.
About 127 seconds after entering the Earth's atmosphere, the capsule should release the initial parachute to slow down and stabilize the decline. Then a head parachute opens to land slowly in the Utah Test and Training Range.
But both failed parachutes and capsules rolled into the Utah Desert, USA, at speeds of 310 kilometers per hour. Although NASA has ordered several helicopters to catch it in the air and take it to their target, they have not managed to compensate for the speed of the capsule.
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The bodies of the body are then examined further and experts find the problem, namely a collection of small sensors that work to detect gravity pressure when the capsule slides to the ground and ignites the release of the parachute. The sensor's size on the tip of a mechanical pen was clearly installed upside down.
Fortunately, Genesis's two-year effort was not in vain. There is some material that survived and the experts managed to clean the surface without disturbing the sun's material stored in it.
In the next three years, the sample produced valuable reports of the composition of the sun and the different elements between our stars and the inner planet.