NASA Photo Shows The Wreck Of A ‘Flying Saucer’, But The Real Story Is Even Better

Any species reaching for the stars is bound to have its fingertips singed. Probably more than once.

Any species reaching for the stars is bound to have its fingertips singed. Probably more than once.

One of NASA's posts on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website is an iconic reminder of the mishaps in our spacefaring history.

"A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters," states the photo description, posted in November 2018, although NASA is not hinting at an alien visit here.

The banged-up dish, half-buried in the desert sand, was actually the return capsule of the Genesis spacecraft. And it wasn't supposed to touch down in such a brutal way.