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24 Jul 2001
(Source: Kennedy Space Center)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
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Don Savage
NASA Headquarters

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center

Martha Heil
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

KSC Release No: 88-01

The launch of NASA's Genesis spacecraft is scheduled for Monday, July 30 at 12:36:01 p.m. EDT. The launch window is two minutes in duration. Liftoff will occur aboard a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Should launch be postponed for 24 hours for any reason, the launch time on July 31 is 12:32:34 p.m. EDT.

Genesis, designed and built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will catch a piece of the Sun - a sample of the elements and ions in the solar wind and bring them back to Earth. Scientists can then study the exact composition of the Sun and probe the solar system's origin. By studying the solar wind, scientists will have a detailed view of the factors that went into building the solar system as we know it today.

Genesis' samples will return to Earth in a capsule in September 2004. As the capsule parachutes toward the ground in the Air Force's Utah Testing and Training Range, it will be captured by a helicopter to prevent the samples from being disturbed by impact with the ground. The samples will then be analyzed to provide a basis for comparing the Sun and the solar nebula's compositions to those of the planets and the other solar system bodies. This makes these samples a "Rosetta Stone" of data.


A prelaunch news conference is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, at 1 p.m. EDT in the NASA-KSC News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television. Participating in the briefing will be:

  • Jay Bergstralh, Chief Scientist, Solar System Exploration, NASA Headquarters
  • Omar Baez, NASA Launch Manager, Kennedy Space Center
  • Rich Murphy, Mission Director, The Boeing Company
  • Chet Sazaki, Genesis Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lloyd Oldham, Genesis Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Astronautics Operations
  • Don Burnett, Principal Investigator, California Institute of Technology
  • Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, Department of the Air Force

Media who wish to cover the launch of Genesis including the prelaunch news conference should send a letter of request to the NASA-KSC News Center on news organization letterhead by the close of business on Friday, July 27. It should include name and Social Security number or passport number, and be faxed to 321/867-2692 or addressed to:

Genesis Launch Accreditation
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Genesis mission badges may be obtained at the NASA-KSC News Center beginning on Friday, July 27, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On launch day, Monday, July 30, Genesis mission badges will be available starting at 11 a.m. and will be issued at the Pass & Identification Building on SR 401 outside Gate 1 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Departure on launch day from the Gate 1 Pass & Identification Building for Press Site 1 will be at 11:15 a.m. A NASA Genesis mission badge is required for all media covering the launch at Press Site 1. Annual KSC badges or other Space Shuttle launch credentials will not be honored on Genesis launch day. After launch, media may leave unescorted for the return to Gate 1. An escort is required for all other areas of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. For further information on Genesis launch accreditation contact Patti Beck at the NASA-KSC News Center at 321/867-2468.


Media wishing to establish remote cameras at the launch pad should meet at the NASA-KSC News Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 to be escorted to Space Launch Complex 17.


A photo opportunity to view rollback of the mobile service tower will be available on launch day. Media will depart from the Gate 1 Pass & Identification Building at 6:15 a.m. on Monday, July 30.


On launch day, the NASA-KSC News Center will be open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference beginning at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 29. On launch day, Monday, July 30, countdown coverage will begin at 11 a.m. Coverage from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will conclude shortly after spacecraft separation that occurs 64 minutes after launch. Commentary will then begin from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for acquisition of the spacecraft's radio signal through the Deep Space Network tracking station at Goldstone, Calif. This is anticipated to occur approximately 20 minutes after spacecraft separation. At that time the Genesis spacecraft's state of health can be reported.

NASA Television is available on satellite GE 2, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees West longitude. A simulcast of the NASA Television coverage will also be available on the worldwide web at Information about the Genesis mission is available on-line at and

Audio only of NASA Television coverage of the prelaunch news conference and launch commentary will be available on the "V" circuits which may be dialed directly at 321/867-1220, 867-1240, 867-1260, 867-7135, 867-4003, 867-4920.

The NASA-KSC News Center codaphone will carry Genesis pre-launch status reports beginning at L-3 days, on Friday, July 27, and may be dialed at 321/867-2525.

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