Tue, Sep 14, 2004
Scientists May Be Able To Retrieve Vital Particles From
Genesis might just be saved.
That's the word from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena (CA).
The $246 million mission ended with a thud last week when its
parachute failed to deploy. The refrigerator-sized saucer, designed
to capture untainted solar particles as they streamed from the sun,
ended up in a smoking crater in the Utah desert.
The solar particles were collected on the faces of thin, exotic
wafers inside the capsule. Some of those wafers shattered on
impact. Others were ejected. But the Christian Science Monitor
reports scientists, using a flashlight and a mirror taped to the
end of a stick have found that many actually survived the 193 mph
"The science team is really excited," Roger Wiens, one of the
project's lead scientists, told the Monitor. "We should be able to
meet many, if not all, of our primary science goals."
That big sigh of relief you just heard came from NASA
Backers of the Genesis project didn't think it possible -- but
they decided to try a salvage operation anyway.
"I was concerned about prolonged exposure of these in the soil,"
said principle investigator Donald Burnett. "So I got the job of
picking them out. It's rather therapeutic."
The trick, however, will be to decontaminate the wafers and
their fragments, to sort out contamination from Earth's atmosphere
and isolate the solar particles scientists believe hold the key to
understanding more about our origins.
"We may appeal to people in the semiconductor industry who have
talents and procedures" for such decontamination efforts, Burnett
told the Monitor.
ANN/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel Since ANN started, we have enjoyed the amazing support of a group of sponsors who have, by and large, been genero>[...]
"On his last day in the country he gave his life for, Tyler was working on his RV-8 at the EAA hangar. He spoke to (chapter member) Vance Simons, who had become a friend since he i>[...]
Klyde Does 'Drone' On... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]
Also: Wanna Buy A Control Tower?, SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer, Remembering Frank Beagle, Exp 35 Astros Drop In, 777X Team Named, AF Academy Grads Will Get Their Flyover! The X-47B Un>[...]
Historical Fiction Set Against Invasion Of Kuwait In 1990 In order to succeed in his invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein needed weapons. Weapons lead to questions:>[...]