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Offline Belgarath

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Re: Skeptic Tests
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2009, 01:06:28 PM »
That's the crashed science experiment which was collecting some sort of particle from the sun.
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Re: Skeptic Tests
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2009, 01:09:47 PM »
Weather balloon, or a test NASA re-entry vehicle, or an alien.
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Re: Skeptic Tests
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2009, 03:13:29 PM »
Balloon launched telescope?... that failed?
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Re: Skeptic Tests
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2009, 03:27:10 PM »
Belgarath got it! It was from the July 5 Astronomy Picture of the Day. The original caption read:

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A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert in 2004 after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters. No space aliens were involved, however. The saucer, pictured above, 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 unexpectedly hard landing at over 300 kilometers per hour occurred because the parachutes did not open as planned. The Genesis mission had been orbiting the Sun collecting solar wind particles that are usually deflected away by Earth's magnetic field. Despite the crash landing, many return samples remained in good enough condition to analyze and research is ongoing. So far, discoveries include new details about the composition of the Sun and the effects of the solar wind on unprotected material.

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Re: Skeptic Tests
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2009, 12:08:13 PM »
This is the "landing" of the Genesis mission that was sent out in 2008 to collect particles of the solar wind and return them to earth. Unfortunately, this was not the re-entry they were trying for. As I remember, a malfunction caused one of the parachutes to not deploy completely. Miraculously, the cells used to capture the particles were recovered relatively unscathed and much has been learned about the solar winds make up.
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