Photographers take aim as the Boeing Delta II rocket propels NASA’s Genesis spacecraft into the sky on a journey to collect and return to Earth just 10 to 20 micrograms of solar wind, invisible charged particles that flow outward from the Sun.
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In the Beginning... (Updated!)
News story originally written on August 14, 2001
On August 8, 2001, NASA launched the next of its robotic space missions
: The Genesis mission. The Genesis spacecraft will orbit the Sun
and collect particles that make up the solar wind
These particles will be taken back to Earth by the spacecraft, then passed to a helicopter in mid-air because they are too fragile for a parachute landing. Scientists will then study these particles to see what exactly the solar wind is made of. Once they know this, they will be able to understand more about what the Sun is made of and how the Sun was born! Cool!
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