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Genesis Capsule Crashes; Chutes Blamed

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the sad-moment dept.

Space 656

Cyclotron_Boy writes "The Genesis probe (reported here) has crashed to the ground, near a road in the Utah desert. The stunt chopper pilots were not to blame, though. The drogue chute didn't open on re-entry. NASA TV is covering it currently. The choppers have landed near the probe, but no word yet as to the condition of the space dust." Many readers have also pointed to CNN's coverage. Update: 09/08 16:39 GMT by J : MSNBC has more coverage and a sad photo of the half-buried capsule: "The capsule broke open on impact. It was not yet clear whether the $260 million Genesis mission was ruined."

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656 comments

Heard on the NASA Channel (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190662)

KHAAAAAN! [khaaan.com]

Space.com coverage (2, Informative)

jdray (645332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190871)

From my journal [slashdot.org] :

Space.com [space.com] is carrying this story [space.com] about the Genesis return capsule that returned to Earth today in a big way. I guess there won't be any trophies for the stunt pilots.

Another priceless moment. (1, Funny)

d41d8cd98f00b204e980 (808839) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190664)

Probe to collect solar dust: $264 million

Defective piece of hardware --made in Taiwan, supposed to fire-open the chutes: $5.95

The face of JPL scientists: priceless!

Failure timeline (5, Informative)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190665)

Here are some relevant quotes from the Spaceflight Now play-by-play [spaceflightnow.com] . It looks like there were a number of things that could have gone wrong. Let's say it again, class... "Space Ain't Easy."

* Starting about 1045 GMT, the spacecraft spins itself up to 10 revolutions per minute. The spinning will provide the unguided sample return capsule with additional stability during entry. The spacecraft then rotates to the proper orientation for release and spins up to 15 revolutions per minute.

* Genesis will be stabilize with its nose down because of the location of its center of gravity, its spin rate and its aerodynamic shape.

* About 45 seconds after entry interface, the capsule will be exposed to a deceleration force three times the force of Earth gravity, or 3 G's. This arms a timer that is started when the deceleration force passes back down through 3 G's. All of the parachute releases are initiated from this timer.

* After one minute of atmospheric descent, the capsule should be at an altitude of 197,000 feet [...] Slightly over 10 seconds later, the capsule will be exposed to about 30 G's, the greatest deceleration it will endure during Earth entry.

* 1554 GMT (11:54 a.m. EDT)
The capsule has been spotted high over the planet!

* 1557 GMT (11:57 a.m. EDT)
The capsule appears to be tumbling!

* 1557 GMT (11:57 a.m. EDT)
The Genesis sample return capule is rapidly tumbling with no chute.

* 1558 GMT (11:58 a.m. EDT)
IMPACT! The capsule has slammed into the Utah desert after failing to deploy its chutes and parafoil.

* 1604 GMT (12:04 p.m. EDT)
Mission control says without the drogue chute and subsequent parafoil, the capsule would hit the ground at about 100 mph.

* 1610 GMT (12:10 p.m. EDT)
Recovery forces are moving toward the capsule, which has made a very spectacular crater.

(Disclaimer: I posted this in the pre-impact discussion as well.)

Re:Failure timeline (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190719)

I'm watching NASA TV now, and they have not yet come to any conclusions other than "a parachute failure occurred". They know that the parafoil failed, but are unsure about the drought chute. They are currently concerned about other possible system failures.

They stated that they'll have a press conference on the event in an hour. NASA TV will be off the air until then.

Re:Failure timeline (4, Funny)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190774)

A crash landing, even at the capsule's relatively slow speed of 9 mph, could ruin some of the data collected during the mission. from CNN piece

So I suppose 100 Mph is pretty bad then eh?
-nB

Re:Failure timeline (3, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190902)

Miles per Hour? Or Kilometers per hour? Maybe NASA should check those measurements again...

Re:Failure timeline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190835)

Best laid plans of mice and men

Re:Failure timeline (1)

wjsteele (255130) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190848)

"* After one minute of atmospheric descent, the capsule should be at an altitude of 197,000 feet [...] Slightly over 10 seconds later, the capsule will be exposed to about 30 G's, the greatest deceleration it will endure during Earth entry."

30 G's??? I'd say that last millisecond was more like 300 G's. :-)

Bill

2 words: (-1, Redundant)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190667)

That sucks
-nB

2 more words (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190858)

Linux Babes! [linux-babes.info]

I don't know about capturing solar particles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190671)

But I smell some future engineering opportunities for a wiz-bang excavation technique for the next Mars rover mission.

May I be the first to say (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190674)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.
Just a splat on the windsheild.

hmmmm.... (5, Funny)

The Salamander (56587) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190684)

Personally, I blame the ground.

Re:hmmmm.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190769)

I blame GRAVITY!

Ob. Futurama Ref. (4, Funny)

hopemafia (155867) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190850)

You win again gravity!

Re:hmmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190853)

Gravity would not have been a problem without the ground...

Hazmat teams on site (5, Funny)

unfortunateson (527551) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190686)

Latest reports have a 10-foot-tall fungal-like growth expanding rapidly and resisting all fire and chemical methods of containment.

Not.

But it would have been interesting.

Re:Hazmat teams on site (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190730)

i blame all of this on the hurricanes that have been owning florida

Re:Hazmat teams on site (5, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190868)

Latest reports have a 10-foot-tall fungal-like growth expanding rapidly and resisting all fire and chemical methods of containment.

Oh, come on. Everyone knows it's going to be nearly impossible to tell what's going on, except that the rubber fittings on the helicopters will spontaneously dissolve, and the only survivors in the nearby town will be the colicky baby and the Sterno swigging wino. Right? [scifi.com]

Where's Ducoveny when you need him (3, Funny)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190923)

Along with a fire truck full of "Head and Shoulders".

myke

first? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190687)

mlaahahahahahaa

Don't Nuke It... (4, Funny)

the darn (624240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190689)

Andromeda feeds on radiation!

According to Nasa TV... (5, Informative)

marbike (35297) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190693)

The drouge chutes failed to deploy correctly and the parafoil either sheared off or never deployed. They are concerned that the mortar used to deploy the drouge is still live, so they are treating the scene as a "Live Spacecraft".

Re:According to Nasa TV... (1, Interesting)

Buran (150348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190746)

I also have to wonder about the pyro heaters for the chutes. If you've seen Apollo 13, you know there was worry that the heaters, which had been turned off to save power, might not have been able to heat the chutes enough before re-entry to keep them functional.

That mission defied the odds, the chutes deployed (all of them!) and it landed. Looks like fate may have finally caught up.

Whoops (5, Funny)

Augusto (12068) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190696)

OK, so we had stun pilots training for 5 years, couldn't they dive in ala James Bond with their own parachutes, grab the capsule and use their own parachutes to slow down it's fall? I mean, if they get movie people, wouldn't it work like that in real life.

C'mon, NASA, get creative :-)

Re:Whoops (1)

dspacemonkey (776615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190775)

Set pilots to stun!

Sorry Augusto, but I had to ;o)

Re:Whoops (1)

NarrMaster (760073) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190856)

Wow, that maneuver was excellent.... I'm stunned!
/ducks

There is only one explanation (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190697)

KHAAAAAAAN!

Oh well (1, Redundant)

essreenim (647659) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190702)

The Genesis probe (reported here) has crashed to the ground, near a road in the Utah desert.
better look next time Spock..

Andromeda Strain (2, Funny)

d_p (63654) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190705)

So much for containing the specimens...

Hmmmm (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190709)

Probably the work of terorrists. Iran is next on our list, I say we bomb the shit out of them. The Russians will help us, surely.

Re:Hmmmm (0, Offtopic)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190909)

What an asshole. What happened to America on 9/11 was horrible, and what happened to Russia was equally as horrible, especially considering that the terrorists took over a school. Make fun of our policy here in the US as much as you want, but what happend to Russia recently should not have been mentioned, show some respect. My condolences go out to the Russians. Its a shame these problems didn't end with us.
Regards,
Steve

D'Oh (1)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190713)

Sounds like time for a re-Genesis.

What color was Genesis' parachute? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190715)

Inquiring minds want to know!

On MSNBC Too! *sigh* (1, Interesting)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190718)

A tad depressing to see the story posted to MSNBC [msn.com] with the headline OOPS. I'm sure the engineers are glad to see their multi-million dollar failure taken so lightheartedly.

Oops! (0, Flamebait)

mariox19 (632969) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190801)

"Oops, I did it again!" is basically the reaction from Microsoft everytime a new security issue is found regarding InternetExplorer. Maybe NBC gave responsibility for this headline over to its partner.

Re:On MSNBC Too! *sigh* (1)

principio (558251) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190814)

The headline on Fox News was "SPLAT!"

It's not like it's their money. (0, Troll)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190915)

They're playing games with the taxpayers dollar.

To safe the ground crew, NASA will wait 24 hours? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190722)

If the entirety of their blood supply fails to crystallize, they get the green light to process the capsule.

I blame the Europeans myself... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190726)

They were ticked off when we laughed at Beagle 2, so they decided to get their revenge.

Invasion has begun (1, Redundant)

Odonian (730378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190731)

and I for one welcome our new Comet-Dust Overlords!

Re:Invasion has begun (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190832)

That would be Star Dust Overloards.

Genesis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190736)

More like the last @NO CARRIER

Stunt chopper shot out of sky.. (1)

planckscale (579258) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190738)

by killer space dust drone...

NASA is batting about 50% (-1, Flamebait)

God! Awful 2 (631283) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190742)

Remember when the Challenger crashed (yeah, that first big shuttle disaster). NASA had made some grand prediction like the odds against a shuttle disaster was 200 to 1. Now, it seems like they are batting around .500.

-a

PWN3D. (4, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190743)

> "The choppers have landed near the probe, but no word yet as to the condition of the space dust."

I'm not normally a betting man, but I'd wager the space dust is is just fine. The containment vessel designed to isolate the dust, however... lookin' a little shaky.

Apocolypse Now (1, Flamebait)

Some guy named Chris (9720) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190745)

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water-- the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

-- Revelation 8, NIV

Here comes the evil space germs to wipe us out. Better get that ark on the moon [slashdot.org] ready quick.

Re:Apocolypse Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190933)

I for one welcome our new space germ yadda yadda yadda...

Ok, I'm sure it wasn't just me.... (5, Funny)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190749)

Sipping my first coffee of the day, I almost spit it out when I saw "Breaking News" on CNN's site, and a picture of a man staring over a flying saucer.

Ok, maybe it was. I definately need more sleep :)

Lat/Long of impact (geocaching opportunity?) (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190751)

40 deg. 7 min. 40 sec
113 deg. 30 min 29 sec

The disturbing thing.... (0)

FlimFlamboyant (804293) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190763)

Is that someone at NASA actually thought this was a good idea. Granted, they *MIGHT* have pulled it off if the chute had deployed. But even then, it's obviously tricky. Why not just drop it in the ocean like the Apollo return capsules? Maybe someone could explain this to me.

Re:The disturbing thing.... (1)

Odonian (730378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190804)

Apollo capsules had chutes too. If they didn't they would also have ended up in itty bitty pieces, only at the bottom of the ocean.

Re:The disturbing thing.... (1)

FlimFlamboyant (804293) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190880)

Yes, I am aware of that ;). Why could they not have used a similar method here? The article does mention the fact that even hitting the ground at 9mph could damage some of the data that it collected, but wouldn't the jar of capturing this thing mid-air be very likely of doing the same thing? I dunno.

Re:The disturbing thing.... (1)

dspacemonkey (776615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190855)

At 100mph, you're generally buggered whatever you hit...

Re:The disturbing thing.... (2, Insightful)

flux (5274) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190865)

At 100 mph a sea might not be that much better thing to impact anyway. Plus this way they know where it is; I would imagine the capsule to be heavier than water, thus it would sink into the ocean, turning the capsule capture mission into deep sea exploration one..

Re:The disturbing thing.... (1)

FlimFlamboyant (804293) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190916)

My point wasn't that it would be ok for the thing to hit the ocean at 100mph (I thought that would've been obvious; guess not!)... That's obviously not going to work. Obviously, this mission depended on the chuts deploying, no matter what. The only thing I'm questioning is their initial plan.

Those last few miles are treacherous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190766)

Kind of akin to walking completely around the world and then getting hit by a bus just as you return home.

Possible Cause (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190772)

According to NASA's NSSDC master catalog:

There was some concern that the sample return capsule battery would fail, jeopardizing the re-entry. The battery was overheating, but ground tests have shown that the battery should be unaffected by the amount of heating it has endured, and should operate to deploy the parachute on reentry.

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog? sc=2001-034A [nasa.gov]

I, for one, welcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190779)

...our new solar underlords.

That happened to me on my bicycle this weekend. (2, Funny)

GrizzBMX (701310) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190780)

I lost control, and while trying to decide what to do, the ground came up and hit me.

GRIZZ

Who? (2, Interesting)

solarlux (610904) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190784)

I recognize that Lockheed Martin was the prime contractor on this project, but anyone know who built the parachute subsystem?

A damn shame (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190786)

I was watching the footage via a free webcast [tuvai.info] . This must surely be the result of more corporate pennypinching, how can our space agency carry out its missions effectively when inferior equipment is used and vital corners cut?

Gee... (0, Troll)

Mateito (746185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190789)

Gee... Who'da thordit!

That this thing hit the deck is about as suprising as finding Paris Hilton's sex video on edonkey.

Why don't they go back to dropping things in the ocean? Sure, hit water fast enough and its like hitting a brickwall, but slow down enough and at least you won't break everybody bone in your leg (figuratively, of course)

Can't believe the 'chute failed tho. Its not like parachutes are a new untested technology.

Space dust... (0, Flamebait)

metrazol (142037) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190793)

... is now just regular dust! Skills, NASA, really.

I mean, come on, they KNOW they have trouble with the whole "probes hit planet faster than we usually plan" thing, look at the Mars missions. Now, before you say, "But this is hard!" think which plan is more failure prone - leave probe in orbit, catch it with the shuttle or a soyuz or hell, have it cruise past the ISS, or just let it sit for a few years, nice and safe in orbit or "Let's have it drop through the sky like a bullet then deploy a chute and CATCH IT MID AIR! It'll be awesome!"

Simple is usually better, and in this case, simple won. Big time. Can't wait for crater pictures!

Re:Space dust... (1)

TheBurrito (767042) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190940)

Snaring a capsule with a shuttle (what shuttle?), Soyuz, or the ISS remains a very dangerous mission. NASA will be treading lightly as it pertains to ANY missions that could endanger the safety of their astronauts, as another catastrophic loss could shelve the Shuttle program indefinitely.

Like it or not, NASA will not be sending people into harm's way for a while as long as safer alternatives exist.

Hold off on blame (5, Insightful)

FTL (112112) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190798)

This was an interesting mission, but not a vital one. Thre was nobody on board, there were no missions that depended on the success of this mission. NASA was right to try to keep costs down and take some small gambles on this one.

I'd much rather NASA send up three cheaper/faster/riskier missions of which one crashes and two succeed, than send up one bullet-proof mission. So don't jump all over NASA for screwing up. If they didn't screw up now and again (on this type of mission), then they were clearly playing it too safe.

Sounds odd, but "Well done NASA". Keep it up.

Genesis Failed (5, Funny)

Jack Comics (631233) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190799)

BREAKING NEWS: The Genesis Device failed. Investigators believe that the illegal substance, protomatter, was improperly used in creation of the Device, leading to an unstable core. The investigators believe this was the ultimate cause of its failure. Dr. David Marcus, head of the Genesis Project, has gone into hiding.

Re:Genesis Failed (2, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190914)

...Dr. David Marcus, head of the Genesis Project....

Mod parent +5 Great Big Nerd for being able to remember the fake technology of Wrath of Khan after all these years. ;)

Re:Genesis Failed (2, Informative)

milesbparty (527555) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190920)

Dr. David Marcus, head of the Genesis Project, has gone into hiding.

Wasn't Dr. Carol Marcus the actual head of the Genesis project?

..in an unrelated story... (2, Funny)

HaeMaker (221642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190800)

Helicopter pilot's blood completely coagulates in seconds...

Extension of the Mars Curse Conspiracy (1)

prgrmr (568806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190808)

There are, evidentally, certain things we are not going to be allowed to know.

Bush smells Osama (-1, Flamebait)

icebattle (638355) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190809)

The Bush campaign is investigating the rumour that al Qaeda is involved through proxies working for John Kerry.

Stand by for an announcement...

Another grand example... (2, Insightful)

bigirondawg (259176) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190817)

... of the fallacy of the "faster, better, cheaper" policy that NASA had started to implement in the past. I mean, designing a spacecraft where multiple stages of parachutes were all single points of failure? That's just not thinking ahead. Something always goes wrong on every mission, and if that something is even one of the parachutes, then your mission fails.

I'm all for being more efficient, but there are some corners you just shouldn't cut.

What to expect... (1, Funny)

jvollmer (456588) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190831)

Now that the Genesis probe has impacted, it will begin seeding our planet to create a life-sustaining environment on Earth.

Take that, Bush Administration!

If it's not Consolidated Lint, it's just fuzz!

Funny and weird (1)

Neurotoxic666 (679255) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190833)

I was just reading on an online newspaper about the capsule and the stunt NASA was going to perform in order to catch it.

Then, I look at today's userfriendly.org cartoon showing our heroes about to land in the south pole with a ski-less plane.

Then I switch to Slashdot and see the capsule just crashed.

Oh well... :P

From the Genesis' black box (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190836)

"And wow! Hey! What's this thing coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?"

Like deja vu for the Brits (1)

whoda (569082) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190841)

Except the fact that we built this one, this is [ibsys.com] what the Beagle lander [open.ac.uk] looks like on/partially under the surface of Mars.
Now you don't have to actually locate it.

NASA has received logs... (5, Funny)

Burgundy Advocate (313960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190844)

There may be something wrong here.

15:55:26: And wow! Hey! What's this thing coming towards me very fast?
15:59:14: Very very fast.
16:00:42: So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground!
16:01:03: That's it! That's a good name - ground!
16:01:52: I wonder if it will be friends with me?
16:02:31: ***ERROR NO SIGNAL***

No redundant safety mechanism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190845)

Everything else going more than 100 mph seems to have at least a spare parachute.

I'm sad now... (1, Informative)

doublebackslash (702979) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190852)

Man, that was a great thing we coulda had. I hope something survived. The aerogel [nasa.gov] should [nasa.gov] have survived (I think that the fracture strength is enough to survive 100mph impact, if they put it in a safe spot in the capsule, someone with engineering know-how look at the numbers).
At least this foley didn't kill anyone, or hurt any property to my knowledge. Hope we still get some data. If not at least we have a crater.

Pictures of it happening? (2, Interesting)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190857)

While CNN and others are now posting pictures of the mangled capsule partially buried in the Utah soil, does anyone know if there is footage of the whole event? By that I mean seeing the capsule hurtling through the atmosphere and then impacting?

Would be interesting to see from a physics standpoint how something looks impacting the earth when travelling at high speed.

And please, let's dispense with the "It looks like a blob going SPLUT! How do you think it looks?" comments.

condition of the space dust (1)

zdzichu (100333) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190862)

The capsule became regular, earth dust.

Mars Sample Return? (1)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190872)

Ummm, I think we can rule this out as a model for a Mars sample return mission.

I've said repeatedly the ISS should be billed as sample returns first destination. Gives it a mission, makes the public feel fuzzy warm about containment safety (justified or not).

Obligatory. (0)

merdaccia (695940) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190885)

1. Spread space dust over the Utah desert. 2. ??? 3. Profit!

Yeah right (4, Insightful)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190894)

"The capsule broke open on impact. It was not yet clear whether the $260 million Genesis mission was ruined."

Any time the press in mentioning the price tag in their headlines, you know you're screwed.

Mass die offs to start from a space borne virus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190898)

Film at 11

Hilarity ensued. (3, Interesting)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190903)

I have to say, this has all of the elements for a funny story. You've got NASA, you've got a probe named Genesis [for your Star Trek Genesis Device reference], you've got sand [for your Star Wars reference -- sand people, probe looking like Luke's home from a distance, etc]. You've got space dust [for your Andromeda Strain reference]. You've got helicopters [for a military reference]. You've got an impled "mission accomplished!" presidental reference.

I think the people at fark.com [fark.com] have all the angles covered.

"Genesis" projects... (2, Interesting)

BTWR (540147) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190904)

"Genesis" projects... they always seem to fail...

NASA's attempt this morning

Star Trek II

The Strain!!! (1)

LilMikey (615759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190905)

Hopefully the townsfolk didn't take it to the local doctor where he opened it and the whole towns blood turned to dust! I loved that movie.

If Hollywood had planned it... (5, Funny)

SiliconEntity (448450) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190907)

...the helicopter pilot would have seen the problem, matched courses with the probe, and sent his chopper into a 100 MPH dive parallelling the probe. Someone on board would have tied a rope around his waist and leaped out, freefalling, and grabbed the probe. All the time the pilot would have been shouting out the altimeter readings... 10000 feet! 9000 feet! 8000 feet!

They would have gotten the probe on board just in time for the pilot to pull out of the dive one foot above land. Then as soon as they brought the probe back to base and got it out of the copter the charge would have gone off and the chutes would blast into the air, leaving the scientist member of the team covered with soot, while everyone laughed.

We shouldn't joke, but ... (1)

Tewley (415350) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190921)

That picture looks like something out of a Warner Brother's cartoon. Either a Wlie E. Coyote experiment gone wrong, or Marvin the Martian crashed his saucer.

Let's hope something can be salvaged...

Who's laughing now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190922)

And to think they totally mocked my proposal for an Estes and some Swiffers as a travesty of faster, better, cheaper.

Press conference (2, Informative)

keiferb (267153) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190930)

FYI, there's going to be a press conference at 2:00PM EST. I know at least CNN will be covering it, for those of us who don't get NASA TV.

I knew they should never... (1)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190931)

Should never have made the Genesis probe using unstable protomatter :-)

(Ref: Star Trek, Wrath of Khan- hey this is News for Nerds!)

Always begging for trouble.

Genesis renamed ... (1)

shallow monkey (155686) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190932)

... Icarus as it flew to close to the sun and crashed and burned on re-entry

Obligatory SCO jokes - reply here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10190936)

There's plenty of material here -

First off "Linux powered spaceship misses SCO!"

So that's what that UFO I saw was.... (1)

elwing (6214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190937)

And here I thought it was another UFO...

A knock at the door (1)

Ackmo (700165) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190938)

There's a fire, sir.

wonderful NASA response (5, Funny)

carn1fex (613593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10190939)

We were watching it live in the NASA cafeteria (GSFC) at lunch time on the tvs.. silence.. camera follows, follows, follows.. then the best collective "OH SHIT!" ive heard yelled in years. Then the cooks came out to watch and gave the best "Damn y'all dun fucked up huh?" look ive seen in years.
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