Explore the mathematical comparison of objects—ranging from the solar system to atoms —in this exciting animated interactive, based on the video, “How Big is Big, How Small is Small.” As you watch the video that contrasts the vastness of the solar system, where the Genesis spacecraft captured solar wind, to the microscopic size of the elements embedded in the wafers currently being analyzed, use the blue sliding bar or the "previous" or "next' buttons to delve deeper into understanding the relative size correlation between everyday objects and Genesis mission events.
Image of solar wind embedding into wafers of Genesis solar panels, as seen in Genesis animation, The Journey.
Note: for optimal viewing, we recommend that you download the animation files to your computer.
Genesis Journey Captured in Animations
View high- or medium-resolution animations in QuickTime (QT) file format:
1) How Big is Big? How Small is Small?
View the significance of scale between the size
of the solar system to the size of an atom.
High-res QT, 13.9 MB (1:44 min.)
Medium-res QT, 5.5 MB (1:44 min.)
2) The Journey
Solar wind atoms impact the Genesis capsule.
High-res QT, 17.6 MB (1:57 min.)
Medium-res QT, 7.2 MB (1:57 min.)
3) Processing the Atom
Mass spectrometers extract the solar wind atoms.
High-res QT, 26.5 MB (3:14 min.)
Medium-res QT, 10.5 MB (3:14 min.)
Special thanks to Cookie Carosella, Kyle Alvarez, Steve Bulen, and Chris Sweetnam
out about the scientific building blocks of the Genesis mission
on the technical
Genesis mission Web site at the California
Institute of Technology.
the Genesis instrument team
at Los Alamos National Laboratory or the
National Laboratory Genesis Data Web site.