Samsung's 'Space Selfie' Satellite Comes Crashing Down to Earth

A couple in Michigan found the satellite on their farm after hearing a loud crash.
Chris Young

A couple living in Michigan heard a loud crash this Saturday. On inspecting their yard, they found a satellite that had come crashing down from Earth's orbit.

Nancy Welke of Merrill, Michigan, discovered the satellite on the couple's rural property just before 9 a.m. local time on Saturday morning. 


"911 is baffled"

"Unbelievable," Welke wrote in a caption alongside the photo which she posted on Facebook. "Look what just fell out of the sky and 911 is baffled and it is caught in our tree."

The Gratiot County Herald also posted several photos of the crashed satellite.

Perhaps just as baffling is the function of the satellite itself.

Samsung's 'Space Selfie' satellite was announced only a few days ago. A selfie of Cara Delevingne was taken on a Galaxy S10 Plus and was sent into orbit as "the world’s first selfie sent to space."

Users were then invited to upload their own photos to be displayed on the satellite.

A "planned" landing

Thankfully this PR stunt didn't result in anyone getting hurt. Samsung says the landing was "planned" to happen in a "selected rural area."

"No injuries occurred and the balloon was subsequently retrieved," Samsung told NBC News. "We regret any inconvenience this may have caused."

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NBC's report indicated the satellite was supposed to remain in space until October 31.

The satellite came down to Earth attached to a large balloon that slowed its descent. It can be seen in photos with a Samsung logo as well as that of high-altitude balloon manufacturer Raven Industries. The Verge reports that the latter company came to collect the earthed satellite.

Welke says that, bizarrely, the Raven Industry representative was incredibly tight-lipped about the operation when coming to pick the satellite up from the couple's rural property.

"They didn’t say anything," Welke told NBC. He "told us he wasn’t at liberty to talk about it."

"Just imagine what could have happened if someone had been out there," she added.

*Edit 10/28/19: Shortly after publishing, Nancy Welke's Facebook post was deleted. The original embedded post was changed for the one shared by The Gratiot County Herald.