Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Genesis fall down and go boom

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A space capsule returning solar particles to Earth crashed in the Utah desert on Wednesday after its parachute failed to open but scientists hoped the star dust inside might have been saved.

A silver, disc-shaped capsule containing the star dust collected in a $264 three-year mission was jettisoned as planned by the Genesis spacecraft.

A much beleaguered NASA noted it had misplaced a decimal point and only budgeted $264 to the mission. "Someone should have picked that up after three years," a NASA official admitted.

No, not really. :-) Reuters later corrected the figure to $264-million.

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