High school welding class builds space capsule

Franklin, Ky (WBKO) --- Driving along highway 31-W near Franklin Sunday morning you might have thought there was an alien invasion on the way.

Placed in the middle of the field along that highway sits a very realistic space capsule.

This was actually a project by Franklin-Simpson High School's welding class.

It was dropped in the field in the early morning hours by their welding teacher, Jeremy Loveall.

The capsule even had a parachute attached and burn marks on the bottom to make it look realistic

On top is a fully functioning red light beacon and if you look inside you can see an alien.

The class gave the shuttle the name 'Captain Wildcat' after their school mascot.

"It was a secret that we kept and worked on it during class and then decided to surprise everybody. I think a lot of people thought it was actually something real," said Chase Johnson, Franklin-Simpson welding class.

"I stop and i was like, 'I have to get a picture of this' 'cause I know I've seen these fall out of the sky, but usually it's in movies. I called my husband and I was like, 'babe there's a capsule out here, it has a parachute and NASA' and I told everybody at work but everybody just thought I was crazy," said Nancy Seawright, Franklin Resident.

Several people pulled over to take pictures and look inside.

The capsule got a lot of attention on social media as well ... many believing the high school student's project was actually the real deal but also to compliment the welding classes great work.

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