NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump.

South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: "NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!" If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf."

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US President Donald Trump holds an Astronaut toy after a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S. December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (2nd L) and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin (C) visit with Vice President Mike Pence (R) after President Donald Trump signed 'Space Policy Directive 1' during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S. December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT Ivanka Trump (C) talks with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (L) after President Donald Trump signed 'Space Policy Directive 1' during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump signs Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt (2nd L), his wife Teresa Fitzgibbon and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (R) attend the signing ceremony for 'Space Policy Directive 1' in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S., December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT A moon rock collected by Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. Senator Jack Schmitt exactly 45 years earlier was displayed during the ceremony where U.S. President Donald Trump signed 'Space Policy Directive 1' in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (C), alongside NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson (L), listens as US President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: AFP OUT U.S. President Donald Trump departs after signing 'Space Policy Directive 1' during a ceremony with NASA astronauts (R-L) Christina Koch, Peggy Whitson, Buzz Aldrin and Jack Schmitt in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. On the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 -- the last crewed mission to the moon -- Trump signed the order directing NASA 'to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,' according White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump holds up an astronaut toy alongside former US Senator and Apollo 17 Astronaut Jack Schmitt (R), after a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump has been staying at his golf club in Bedminster, which is 29 miles (47 kilometers) away.

NASA tells WNBC-TV the package, which fell on Tuesday, is part of six balloons that were launched to measure ozone. It says a summer student employee wrote the note in a "misguided attempt to be lighthearted," and that the student has been removed from the project.

 

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