By Tim Hodge | Updated February 20, 2018 10:21:19OSIRIS, OSIRII, OSIEROS: The first step toward solving the mystery of what happened to the lost spacecraft that crashed on a remote Australian island 40 years ago has been completed, thanks to the work of an international team of researchers.
The results of the painstaking work by scientists from the Australian Institute of Space Science (AIS), NASA and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) have been published in the journal Icarus.
The results of that effort will be discussed at the March 22 meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.
It all started with a single piece of paper, an article from the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, in the early 1990s.
In it, the authors describe a single human footprint on the island of Kepsi.
That was enough to spur the researchers to look further, and they discovered a footprint on a rock in the vicinity of the crash site.
That footprint was of a woman.
The discovery led the researchers and their colleagues to search for a possible explanation of the mystery.
They found the answer in a fragment of sandstone from a cave near the crash location.
The researchers theorized that the footprints were made by someone who had fallen from a rock, landed on a beach, and then jumped into a river and drowned.
A person would then dig up the sandstone and make a new one.
They thought the sand could have been thrown up by the water or fallen from the sky and landed on the beach.
The sand could then be mixed with rocks in the river and thrown up into the air by winds.
The team then started analyzing the sand and found it contained microscopic fragments of human DNA.
DNA from all the people on the site was found to be unique to each person.
DNA analysis showed the people were all from the same genetic group, and that the two people on Kepsis were related.
“What this does is it shows that there were two people in Kepses genetic lineage, and the other person was one of them,” said study lead author and graduate student Daniel Fauci.
“This means they had the same DNA.”
The scientists were able to find a third person who lived on the same island.
That third person was not identified, but the team believes that it may be the one who landed on Keps island, as that person’s DNA was found in the footprints.
The third person has since died.
The findings were published online in the March issue of Icarus, and are the first to describe what happened when one person accidentally landed on another.
“That was really amazing,” said Fauce.
“We knew the two footprints were from the other, but we didn’t know who the other one was.
We thought it was just a coincidence.
Then we discovered that it was actually a third individual who was in the same boat.””
I think it is very exciting,” said Dr. Peter Mould from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the lead author of the paper.
“It is very hard to think of a better scenario than that of a single person landing on a single rock, which is what happened on KEPSI.
The fact that it happened in a remote area with so many animals and people, and at such a distance from the land, is extremely interesting.””
What we found was a genetic profile that was different for each person,” said AIS Associate Professor Michael Rutter, the study’s first author.
“What was even more interesting is that this profile matched with a genetic footprint of the deceased, so there is a biological link.”
Fauci and Mould, who were also lead authors on the paper, are now working to identify other people who lived at the crash.
They are also investigating the possibility that the human footprint was left behind by another person who may have also been on the plane.
“We have now discovered that this is the only person who could have survived the crash,” said Mould.
“But, of course, there are still many unknowns.
There are people who could not have survived, and those people will never be identified.”
The study was supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Australian Space Science Centre, and NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Research Directorate.