July 6, 2001
Catherine E. Watson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
When NASA's Genesis spacecraft returns samples of the solar wind to Earth, the science canister will be brought to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston where the sample collector will be removed in the JSC Genesis Lab. JSC scientists will then assess the condition of the sample collector and remove the samples of solar wind for further study. The solar wind samples will be maintained at JSC for use by the international scientific community in much the same way that lunar, meteorite and cosmic dust samples are currently maintained.
The mission and scientific goals of Genesis, NASA's first mission to collect a sample of the solar wind and return it to Earth, will be the subject of a live news briefing Wednesday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. CDT on NASA TV.
Dr. Eileen Stansbery, the Genesis Mission Contamination Control Lead, will be available at the JSC newsroom for interviews after the briefing.
Media who wish to participate in the briefing at JSC should contact the JSC newsroom at 281.483.5111 no later than 4 p.m. CDT July 10.
Genesis is scheduled for launch July 30 on a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The solar wind samples will be returned to Earth in late 2004 and studied to help scientists better understand how our solar system developed.
Participants in the briefing at NASA HQ will be: · Dr. Jay Bergstralh, Discovery Program, Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. · Dr. Donald Burnett, Genesis Principal Investigator, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. · Chester Sasaki, Genesis Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. · Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, cosmochemist, the Field Museum, Chicago, Ill.
NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. The briefing also will be Webcast live at http://www.nasa.gov/.
The Genesis Mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. More information on the Genesis Mission can be found on the Web at http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/.
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