Space satellite crashes in front yard of Michigan home
A Samsung satellite has fallen from the sky into the backyard of a couple living on a farm near Merrill in the state of Michigan.
On Saturday, October 26, Nancy and Dan Welke were shocked when they stepped out into their garden, only to discover a large four-legged satellite, with the South Korean tech company's logo embossed on it, lying on its side, with a parachute still tethered to it.
Check out this video of the fallen satellite below:
In a video uploaded by Nancy to Facebook (which has since been deleted from the platform) Nancy can be heard filming the fallen object and investigating its contents.
Nancy can be heard stating: "You never know what’s going to happen. This baby fell out of the sky and landed in our yard. It’s never boring on the Welke farm. Thank god there’s no horses out or it didn’t hit the house."
Inside the box were two large cameras and one Samsung smartphone. The satellite was still humming and flashing, so it appeared to still be partially operational.
Samsung Europe's SpaceSelfie balloon was launched as part of a promotional campaign that gave customers the opportunity to send a selfie of their faces to a Galaxy S10 5G smartphone inside the satellite. The phone receives photos transmitted from Earth and layers them over real-time shots above the planet from the stratosphere.
According to ABC, a spokesperson for Samsung stated: "Earlier today, Samsung Europe’s SpaceSelfie balloon came back down to earth. 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."