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Genesis Rendering
Artist Rendering of Spacecraft in Collection Configuration
When Genesis' solar arrays were extended in space, the Genesis spacecraft resembled an unbuckled wristwatch. The watch's face is the science deck, and the figurative straps are the opened solar panels. The framework of the spacecraft is composed mostly of graphite fiber composite, aluminum and some titanium. Using titanium is an efficient way of conserving mass while retaining strength. Genesis' composite structure is similar to that used in the construction of high-performance aircraft. The spacecraft incorporates innovative, state-of-the-art technologies pioneered by other recent missions using off-the-shelf spacecraft components and, in many cases, spare parts and instrumentation left over from previous missions. There are a total of eight payloads making up the four science instruments on Genesis — the three specialized collector arrays; the two bulk collector arrays; the concentrator; the ion monitor; and the electron monitor. Spacecraft instruments are designed to meet a mission's science goals. These instruments will help scientists understand the origin of the solar system.

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Curator: Aimee Meyer
Updated: November 2009

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