Begins Mission to Capture a Piece of the Sun
Wednesday, August 8th, NASA's Genesis
spacecraft launched flawlessly atop a Delta 7326 rocket from
Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Station at 12:13:40 p.m. EDT.
Shortly after launch, the Genesis team reported that the spacecraft
was in excellent health, with normal power and temperature
The Delta 2 rocket lifts off with Genesis. Photo: Carleton
Bailie for Boeing.
Genesis spacecraft separated from the Delta's third stage
at 64 minutes, 12 seconds into the mission, and then the solar
arrays unfolded and pointed toward the Sun. The spacecraft's
signal was successfully acquired by the NASA Deep Space Network
complex at Goldstone, CA, 85 minutes after launch at 1:38
September, Genesis will arrive at a point called L1 where
the gravities of the Sun and Earth are balanced. It will open
its collector arrays and begin to monitor and collect the
solar wind, ions flowing from the outer layer of the Sun.
The samples of solar wind it returns will help scientists
understand how the solar system evolved.
to watch a replay of the launch.
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