Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved.
A report explains why the Genesis spacecraft's parachute failed to deploy during its return to Earth on Sept. 8, 2004.› Read Report (11.9 Mb PDF)
Scientists have closely examined four Genesis spacecraft collectors, vital to the mission's top science objective, and found them in excellent shape, despite the spacecraft's hard landing last year.
NASA scientists have sent to academic researchers an unprecedented piece of the sun gathered by the Genesis spacecraft, enabling the start of studies to achieve the mission's initial science objectives.
The Mishap Investigation Board has identified a likely direct cause of the failure of Genesis' parachute system to open.
Scientists are optimistic that samples of the Sun that arrived in Houston on Monday, Oct. 4, will provide important information on the history and origin of the solar system.
The Genesis team is preparing to ship its samples of the Sun from the mission's temporary cleanroom at the U.S. Army Proving Ground, Dugway, Utah, to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.
The Genesis team has shipped its first scientific sample from the mission's specially constructed cleanroom at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah.
Since the initial recovery of the hardware, an inventory was made of the impact crater, both by visual examination and metal detector, to ensure no significant wreckage remains.
Genesis team scientists and engineers continue their work on the mission's sample return canister in a specially constructed clean room at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah.
Genesis team specialists are beginning the process of conducting inventory of the contents of the craft's science canister.
The Genesis science canister was moved into the cleanroom.
The science canister from the Genesis spacecraft has been transported by helicopter from its impact site at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to a holding area next to a specially constructed clean room on the Army base.
Mission managers are recovering the capsule for analysis.
The crew of the Genesis prime capture ship "Vertigo" prepares for a training mission.
NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun.
Thirty days before its historic return to Earth with NASA's first samples from space since the Apollo missions, the Genesis spacecraft successfully completed its twentieth trajectory maneuver.
NASA's Genesis spacecraft flew past Earth on Saturday in a loop that puts it on track for home - and a dramatic mid-air recovery Sept. 8.
Since November 2001 NASA's Genesis spacecraft has exposed specially designed collector arrays of sapphire, silicon, gold and diamond to the Sun's solar wind.
A "freeway" through the solar system resembling a vast array of virtual winding tunnels and conduits around the Sun and planets, as envisioned by an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., can slash the amount of fuel needed for future space missions.