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  Testing to Assure Mission Success

Providing opportunities to engage classrooms nationwide in the science and engineering of the Genesis mission—check out the new video and accompanying instructional materials about the instrumentation testing work done at Los Alamos National Laboratory!

   LANL Instrumentation Video

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Testing to Assure Mission Success:
A Look Inside Los Alamos National Laboratory

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This video documents work done for NASA's Genesis mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Roger Wiens, the project team lead for the Genesis mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been working with mission concept and design since its inception in the early 1990s. Since 1997, the team at Los Alamos has set in progress and carried through a series of investigations and data collection through instrumentation testing that has served to inform both mission and spacecraft design, as well as ensure the success of the Genesis spacecraft and mission. The spacecraft is presently performing admirably in its "collection" mode, collecting solar wind particles streaming outward from the sun. It will return in September 2004 with its precious cargo, when the analysis phase of the mission will begin.

The video is approximately 10 minutes long. The CD-ROM version is in an MPEG format, and is compatible with the default video player on either PC or Macintosh. The VHS version provides the option of closed caption for the hearing impaired. The video, funded by NASA as a part of the Genesis mission, is a public domain product, and may be freely shown, copied and distributed for purposes other than profit. Testing to assure success
   Featured Los Alamos scientists:  
  Roger C. Wiens   Bruce L. Barraclough  
Beth Nordholt and Pallas Papin


Roger C. Wiens
Genesis Project Leader
Bruce L. Barraclough
Monitors Lead Scientist
  Beth Nordholt and Pallas Papin view the scanning electron microscope.
  John T. Steinberg   Eric E.Dors  
ion monitor gets a thumbs-up



John T. Steinberg
LANL Space Scientist

Eric E.Dors
LANL Space Scientist

  Genesis ion monitor gets a thumbs-up on the shake table.

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Educators: the video comes with teacher's guide and student activity. Try these!

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Curator: Aimee Meyer
Updated: November 2009

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