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Genesis Aircrew, Chutes... Scores
04.01.04
 
practice recovery of sample return capsule

In the spring of 2004, the Genesis team performed mid-air retrieval training at the Utah Test and Training Range. On Sept. 8, 2004, over the same location training range they trained on, one of two Genesis helicopters will capture the Genesis sample return capsule in mid-air, land it gently on the ground where trained ground crew will disconnect the parafoil. Then, the helicopter will carry the capsule back to a cleanroom facility located on a nearby airfield for preliminary inspection and disassembly.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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