Any species that reaches the stars is bound to sing its fingers. It's probably more than once.
One of the latest NASA posts on the Astronomy Day's website is an iconic reminder of the misunderstandings in our space history.
"A flying space from the outer space disappears in the Utah desert after being radar and helicopter trackers," said the description of the image, although NASA does not suggest an alien visit here.
In fact, the burial dish, and half buried in the desert beach, was the Genesis cap ship's return capsule. And it should not be touched in such a grid way.
After launching on August 8, 2001, Genesis's mission was the ambitious attempt of the space agency to send a spacecraft into the solar wind of our home sun, collect samples, and return to Earth.
By collecting data on the composition of the accused particles flowing from Corona and the Sun, researchers hoped to determine the composition of the star in detail, and learn more about the surrounding elements when planets were formed Solar system
In order to bring us solar samples, Genesis craft had a sample return capsule that was a catalyst of solar wind material, collected when the craft spent two years marching the Lagrange 1 point – one of the places in space where the gravity of the Earth and the Sun is justly balanced.
The craft holds the solar wind by bending a series of collector bags, each having loaded with high purity materials such as aluminum, saffir, silicon, and gold gold.
"The materials we used in the Genesis collector tools have to be strong enough to be physically fit to launch without breaking; keep the sample as it is heated by the Sun during the collection, and being able to analyze the solar wind elements after the Earth was sufficiently precise, "project scientist Amy Jurewicz explained on 3 September 2004.
Five days later, the sample capsule and valuable harps were cut in the ground in Utah, at an estimated speed of 310 km / h (193 mph).
What happened was very different – 127 seconds after rejoining the atmosphere, a mortar on board the capsule would blow, releasing an introductory parachute for the slowdown and stabilization of the fall.
Then the main parachute was to swell, providing the capsule with a light blow to the Utah Test and Training Range.
In the accident picture, you can see helicopters – they were hovering nearby, ready to sweep the mid-air capsule and ferry directly into a clean room to avoid contamination and samples.
That one of that pair of paragutes has not been used.
After a thorough investigation, the error was traced back to a set of sensors, barely the size of the metal of pencil. I've been laid back.
These small devices were supposed to find the increasing g forces as the capsule pushes towards the ground, and triggers the use of the parachutes.
As you can imagine, the accident led to serious damage, breaking a number of arrays and polluting the valuable cargo within.
Once the sample capsule was recovered from a softening site, the project team was planning to recover anything that could still be restored and still studied.
Thank you, Genesis's mission was not completely ruined, even after reaching the sample capsule as dramatic. Some of the solid collector materials survived, and researchers cleaned the surfaces without compromising the solar material that was inserted into it.
Within three years, a series of papers were published on Genesis's collections. Thanks to the prudent mission, we learned unprecedented details about the composition of the Sun and the elemental differences between our star and internal planets of the Solar System.
"The Sun has more than 99 per cent of the current material in our Solar System, so it's very good to find out better," said chief executive researcher Don Burnett from California Institute of Technology in 2011.
"Whilst it is more challenging than expected, we have answered some important questions, and like all the successful trips, we produced enough more."
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