Scientists who conducted the preliminary assessment of the
Genesis canister are encouraged by what they see. They believe it
may be possible to achieve the most important portions of their
"We are bouncing back from a hard landing, and spirits
are picking up again."
Source: Orlando Figureoa, Deputy
Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA
HQ in Washington (DC), commenting on the latest news on the Genesis
probe and the possible partial recovery of its science package.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
received reports of protective covers installed over the percussion
cap or a silicon tube installed over the end of the trigger
mechanism pin, on the oxygen generator, rendering the emergency
oxygen system inoperative.
A Cirrus SR22 has gone down in Northern Wisconsin, killing it's
pilot and injuring the University of North Dakota flight instructor
who was reportedly providing dual instruction. Local sources
responding to ANN's inquiries, indicate that conditions were 'nice'
VFR, and that the aircraft may have collided with terrain (trees)
prior to a landing.