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post Apr 21 2005, 12:58 AM
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RELEASE: 05-102

NASA Announces Key Genesis Science Collectors In Excellent Shape

Scientists have closely examined four Genesis spacecraft collectors, vital to the mission's top science objective, and found them in excellent shape, despite the spacecraft's hard landing last year.

Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston removed the four solar-wind collectors from an instrument called the concentrator. The concentrator targets collected solar-oxygen ions during the Genesis mission. Scientists will analyze them to measure solar-oxygen isotopic composition, the highest-priority measurement objective for Genesis. The data may hold clues to increase understanding about how the solar system formed.

"Taking these concentrator targets out of their flight holders and getting our first visual inspection of them is very important," said Karen McNamara, Genesis curation recovery lead. "This step is critical to moving forward with the primary science Genesis was intended to achieve. All indications are the targets are in excellent condition. Now we will have the opportunity to show that quantitatively. The preliminary assessment of these materials is the first step to their allocation and measurement of the composition of the solar wind," she said.

The targets were removed at JSC by a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M., where the concentrator was designed and built.

"Finding these concentrator targets in excellent condition after the Genesis crash was a real miracle," said Roger Wiens, principal investigator for the Los Alamos instruments. "It raised our spirits a huge amount the day after the impact. With the removal of the concentrator targets this week, we are getting closer to learning what these targets will tell us about the sun and our solar system," he added.

The Los Alamos team was assisted by JSC curators and Quality Assurance personnel from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Curators at JSC will examine the targets and prepare a detailed report about their condition, so scientists can properly analyze the collectors. The targets will be imaged in detail and then stored under nitrogen in the Genesis clean room.

Genesis was launched Aug. 8, 2001, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to collect solar wind particles. Sample collection began Dec. 5, 2001, and was completed April 1, 2004. After an extensive recovery effort, following its Sept. 8, 2004, impact at a Utah landing site, the first scientific samples from Genesis arrived at JSC Oct. 4, 2004.

Still imagery of scientists removing the concentrator targets is available at:


Video to accompany this release will air on the NASA TV Video File at 3 p.m. EDT today. NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

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post Mar 15 2006, 10:56 PM
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Mission do-over time? blink.gif
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post Mar 16 2006, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (Jeff7 @ Mar 15 2006, 10:56 PM) *
Mission do-over time? blink.gif

I don't think so. There was already kvetching that the science on Genesis really wasn't all that to begin with, as I recall.
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- jamescanvin   Genesis News   Apr 21 2005, 12:58 AM
- - ljk4-1   Lockheed rapped for skipping Genesis test By Jim ...   Jan 10 2006, 05:26 PM
- - Jeff7   Why'd they skip it? Increase profit margins a ...   Jan 10 2006, 11:17 PM
|- - The Messenger   QUOTE (Jeff7 @ Jan 10 2006, 04:17 PM)Why...   Jan 14 2006, 07:18 PM
|- - tty   QUOTE (The Messenger @ Jan 14 2006, 09:18 PM)...   Jan 14 2006, 08:57 PM
- - ljk4-1   Crashed Genesis probe delivers solar wind 13:07 1...   Mar 15 2006, 07:38 PM
- - BruceMoomaw   The LPSC abstracts make it clear that they would h...   Mar 15 2006, 10:33 PM
|- - The Messenger   QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Mar 15 2006, 03:33 P...   Mar 16 2006, 03:35 AM
|- - BruceMoomaw   QUOTE (The Messenger @ Mar 16 2006, 03:35...   Mar 16 2006, 06:57 AM
|- - The Messenger   QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Mar 15 2006, 11:57 P...   Mar 16 2006, 02:37 PM
- - Jeff7   Mission do-over time?   Mar 15 2006, 10:56 PM
|- - gpurcell   QUOTE (Jeff7 @ Mar 15 2006, 10:56 PM) Mis...   Mar 16 2006, 01:39 PM
- - Jeff7   Well on the plus side, if they do need a do-over, ...   Mar 16 2006, 07:44 AM
|- - ljk4-1   So what did Genesis do wrong with their aerogel co...   Mar 16 2006, 12:49 PM
- - djellison   Well - Genesis didn't use Aerogel for starters...   Mar 16 2006, 12:52 PM
- - dvandorn   Seems to me the best way to get the solar wind oxy...   Mar 16 2006, 11:39 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Mar 16 2006, 11:39 PM) ...   Mar 17 2006, 08:13 AM
- - JTN   QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Mar 16 2006, 06:57 A...   Mar 17 2006, 01:11 AM
|- - The Messenger   QUOTE (JTN @ Mar 16 2006, 06:11 PM) It de...   Mar 17 2006, 06:24 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   Interesting information regarding the long-term fu...   Mar 18 2006, 05:43 PM
|- - tty   QUOTE (The Messenger @ Mar 17 2006, 07:24...   Mar 18 2006, 09:57 PM
- - ljk4-1   The BBC seems to think that Genesis samples will s...   Mar 17 2006, 01:58 PM
- - ljk4-1   Faulty Design Caused Genesis Mishap Washington DC...   Jun 14 2006, 04:20 AM
|- - The Messenger   Just as I suspected...it takes at least two years ...   Jun 15 2006, 03:49 AM
- - ljk4-1   Genesis Landing Site Monument Installation On th...   Sep 20 2006, 09:08 PM
- - The Messenger   Pinning a military metal on a crash site?   Sep 22 2006, 03:43 AM
- - djellison   Or simply marking the site of the first sample ret...   Sep 22 2006, 07:00 AM
- - Jeff7   Would it be truly ironic if the next sample return...   Sep 22 2006, 04:00 PM
- - SigurRosFan   Interesting news article: - Solar wind particles ...   Nov 17 2006, 11:51 AM

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