Science Alert reports that the Genesis return capsule was supposed to re-enter the atmosphere when a mortar aboard the spacecraft was supposed to blow and release a parachute to slow and stabilize its descent.
Numerous samples the return capsule carried were able to be analyzed despite the crash.More news: High School Band in Georgia Spells Out Racial Slur During Halftime Performance
NASA has posted an image of a crashed flying "saucer".
"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", NASA said on its Astronomy Photo of the Day website.
It hit the ground at 186mph, but the ship was still able to capture solar wind particles which would have been deflected by Earth's magnetic field and be analysed. A fragment created by people robot who has been near the Sun and returned to Earth.More news: The over that went for 43 runs!
The agency noted that since its parachute did not open as planned, it took an "unexpectedly hard landing", hitting the ground at more than 186 miles per hour. The capsule smashed to Earth at about 185 miles per hour.
The particles were in good enough condition to analyze, according to the space agency.
This data provided researchers with a better understanding of the composition of our Sun and how both it and the planets formed billions of years ago, as well as providing insight into the true abundance of certain elements throughout our solar system.More news: Indonesia air crash: Boeing may issue safety warning on 737 Max models
So you can put away your tinfoil hats for now, because this flying saucer had no little green beings crawling out of it.