The fingertips of the species reaching the stars need to sing. Probably more than once.
One of NASA's recent publications on Astronomical Photography of the Day is an iconic reminder of the mishaps in our history of spaceship.
Although NASA does not refer to an alien visit, it explains its photo, "after flying by radar and being chased by helicopters, a plane flying in the Utah desert."
The half-buried dish that was half buried in the desert sands was actually the return capsule of the Genesis spacecraft. And he shouldn't have touched it so brutally.
The mission of Genesis was launched on August 8, 2001, when the spacecraft sent a spacecraft to send a spacecraft to the solar wind, collect the samples and bring it back to the Earth.
By collecting data on the composition of charged particles flowing through the corona of the Sun, the researchers hoped to precisely determine the composition of the star and learn more about the elements around when the planets of the Solar System were created.
In order to bring the solar wind samples to us, the Genesis ship was equipped with a sample return capsule holding a can of solar energy materials. This was gathered when the craft spent two years on the Lagrange point – one of the gravity points on the earth and the Sun was precisely balanced.
The boat caught the solar wind by folding a series of collectors, each filled with high purity materials such as aluminum, sapphire, silicon, and even gold.
"The materials we used in Genesis collectors' sequences should have been strong enough to start without breaking, during the sample collection we should keep it warmed up by the Sun and be pure enough to be able to analyze the solar wind elements after the Earth's return," project scientist Amy Jurewicz announced on September 3, 2004
Five days later, this sample capsule and its precious sequences hit the ground at an estimated speed of 310 km / h (193 mph) in Utah.
What he had to do was quite different – 127 seconds after re-entering the atmosphere, blowing a mortar onto the capsule, releasing a front parachute to slow down and stabilize the landing.
The main parachute was then inflated, allowing the capsule to give a slight landing on the Utah Test and Training Range.
You can see the helicopters in the accident photo – they have been wandering nearby, ready to blow the capsule in the air and direct it to a clean room to avoid contamination of the samples.
Both of these parachutes were not deployed.
After a thorough investigation, the error ranged to a set of sensors, from the metallic end of a pen to the dice. They were set up backwards.
These small devices had to detect the increased g-forces because the capsule had fallen to the ground and triggered the spread of the parachutes.
As you can imagine, the accident has caused serious damage, breaking several of the series and polluting the precious loads inside.
After the sample capsule was removed from the region where the collapse was removed, the project team was still on the way to take back anything that could still be recovered and worked.
Fortunately, the Genesis mission was not completely ruined even after such a dramatic arrival of the sample capsule. Some of the intact collecting materials survived and the researchers managed to clean the surfaces without disturbing the sun material embedded in it.
Within three years, a series of articles were published on Genesis findings. Thanks to our courageous task, we have learned never before seen details about the fundamental differences between the composition of the Sun and the star and the inner planets of the Solar System.
In 2011, "The Sun is home to more than 99 percent of the material currently in our Solar System, so it's a good idea to know better."
"Although more challenging than expected, we have answered some important questions and, like all successful tasks, have produced even more."
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