Nasa photo shows 'flying saucer crash site' in desert

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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 wreckage, which was left partially buried in the middle of the desert from its plunge to Earth, was a sample return capsule from the Genesis spaceship that launched in 2001.

"The saucer, pictured here, was the Genesis sample return capsule, part of a human-made robot Genesis spaceship launched in 2001 by NASA itself to study the Sun".

"The year was 2004, and no space aliens were involved".

The saucer landed near Granite Peak in a remote area of the Utah Test and Training Range.

The Genesis mission orbited the sun while collecting solar wind particles that are typically deflected away by Earth's magnetic field.

Thanks to engineering (and some luck) numerous return samples remained in good enough condition to analyze.

Genesis's discoveries have given NASA new details about the composition of the sun and how the abundance of types of elements differ across our solar system. These results have provided intriguing clues into details of how the Sun and planets formed billions of years ago'.

That sent the entire craft careening into the ground at more than 186 miles per hour.

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.

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