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Ready for Genesis
Ready for Genesis
27 Aug 2004
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

Natalie Godwin (818) 354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Paula Nicholson (435) 831-3409
U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah
NOTE TO EDITORS: 2004-211
August 27, 2004

NASA SETS GENESIS SPACECRAFT MIDAIR RECOVERY MEDIA DAY SEPTEMBER 1

Hollywood stunt pilots are working with NASA?s Genesis mission to capture the first samples returned from space since the Apollo era. A media event surrounding the flight training of the Genesis helicopter crews will be held Sept. 1 at the U.S. Army?s Dugway Proving Ground (southwest of Salt Lake City). Media are invited to watch the training, and interview pilots and Genesis mission team members.

The pilots and engineers are preparing for the Genesis spacecraft, which captured particles of the solar wind, to return to Earth on Sept. 8. The spacecraft will dispatch a sample return capsule that will re-enter Earth?s atmosphere for a planned landing at the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range. To preserve the delicate particles of the Sun, specially trained helicopter pilots will snag the return capsule from mid-air using giant hooks. Flight crews for the two helicopters include former military aviators, Hollywood stunt pilots, and an active duty Air Force test pilot.

Media must arrive at Dugway Proving Ground no later than 7:00 a.m. (local time) on Sept. 1. While on the facility they will witness a Genesis pre-test flight briefing; watch the helicopter crew perform its pre-flight and launch; watch the helicopter team practice grabbing a mock space sample return capsule in mid-air; and return to the airfield for a post-mission debriefing. Please note the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground is a secure military installation and all imagery (still and video) will be inspected by Dugway personnel prior to release. For credentialing, contact Paula Nicholson of the U.S. Army at nicholsn@dpg.army.mil . Media credentialing for this event will end on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. PST. For more information about the Genesis mission please contact Natalie Godwin in the JPL Media Relations Office at 818-354-0850 or 818-354-5011.

Genesis, launched in August 2001, captured samples from the storehouse of 99 percent of all the material in our solar system ? the Sun. After they return, these samples, collected on wafers of gold, sapphire, silicone and diamond, will be analyzed by scientists. The samples will provide vital information on the composition of the Sun, and shed light on the origins of our solar system.

JPL manages the Genesis mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, developed and operates the spacecraft. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, the home institute of Genesis Principal Investigator Dr. Don Burnett. For more information on the Genesis mission and the actual capture and return process on the Internet, visit: http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/ .

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