Nancy and Dan Welke got the shock of their lives Saturday morning when they heard a loud crash in the front yard of their Michigan home.
To their disbelief, a Samsung pseudo space satellite had parachuted from the sky and landed on their farm, ABC News reported. Outside, Nancy Welke found a four legged object attached to solar panels. Inside of an aluminum-foil wrapped box were two cameras and one Samsung cellphone.
According to Welke, the satellite had several Samsung plaques and wording on its sides that read “Space Selfie”. She said it was still humming and flashing when she posted her discovery to Facebook.
Around that same time, a local police dispatch was warning residents to stay away from a nearby area in Wheeler, Michigan, where the “fire department has (the) roadway closed due to a large object caught in live power lines,” reported ABC News.
That second object turned out to be a large, deflated balloon and part of a high altitude balloon system, also known as a pseudo satellite.
A Samsung spokesperson released a statement Saturday obtained by ABC News to explain the incident.
“Earlier today, Samsung Europe’s SpaceSelfie balloon came back down to earth,” the statement read. “During this planned descent of the balloon to land in the U.S., weather conditions resulted in an early soft landing in a selected rural area. No injuries occurred and the balloon was subsequently retrieved. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”
The SpaceSelfie balloon is part of Samsung’s “SpaceSelfie” campaign that aims to beam customers’ faces to space — via a Galazy S10 5G smartphone — with the purpose of layering their faces over real-time shots above Earth.
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