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Donald Savage/Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1727/1547)

Alan Buis
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 818/354-0474)

September 2, 2004
NASA Coverage of Genesis Midair Recovery
Next week, NASA's Genesis mission returns samples of the solar wind to Earth. Helicopters will capture the sample capsule in mid-air over Utah's salt flats.

The primary location of events on Sept. 7-8 is the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) southwest of Salt Lake City. News briefings and live coverage of the mid-air capture of the capsule will be carried live on NASA TV. News media interested in covering the mission at DPG must obtain credentials for access.


– – Sept. 7-8: Genesis sample return coverage live on NASA TV, and webcast live at:

– – Sept. 7: Pre-return status briefing at DPG, 2 p.m. EDT (Noon MDT). Media must arrive at DPG NLT 10:30 a.m. MDT for access. Panelists for the briefing:
–Dr. David Lindstrom, NASA Genesis program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
–Dr. Donald Burnett, principal investigator, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
–Don Sevilla, Genesis payload team leader, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
–Cliff Fleming, helicopter pilot, South Coast Helicopters, Santa Ana, Calif.
–Bob Corwin, Genesis recovery team chief, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver

– – Sept. 8: NASA TV commentary and live coverage of events in Utah from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. Helicopter capture of the sample capsule is expected at approximately 12:15 p.m. EDT. After capture the capsule will be ferried to a temporary clean room and opened. A media briefing will follow at 1:30 p.m. EDT at DPG.

Credentials for Dugway Proving Ground:

For installation access credentials and to interview Genesis personnel and helicopter pilots, news media must contact Paula Nicholson, DPG Public Affairs Office at: 435/831-3409; or by email at: The deadline for obtaining credentials is 2 p.m. EDT, Friday. Advance arrangements are required for media satellite trucks.

NASA TV & Telephone Access:

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:

Reporters may cover briefings via satellite at participating NASA centers, with two-way question and answer capability. Reporters may listen and ask questions during news briefings by calling: 281/483-5270.

JPL manages the Genesis mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, developed and operates the spacecraft.

For information about Genesis on the Internet, visit:

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