NASA Genesis Mission Outreach E-News, 53rd Edition April 2004

Status Report From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Monday, May 3, 2004


SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004

Genesis Spacecraft Earth "Flyby" on its Way to L2

On May 2, 2004, at about 10:00 UTC, the Genesis spacecraft will be at a distance from the Earth of 392,300 km and traveling about 1.26 km/s. You can input your location, and get the ephemeris at:


Sample Capsule Returns to Earth

The Genesis spacecraft returns to the Earth on September 8, 2004 in a dramatic mid-air capture.

********************************************************** Days to Earth Return: 130 days

Where is the Genesis Spacecraft Now? View the simulated position of the Genesis spacecraft. Most images are updated every 10 minutes.


Spacecraft Locks Vault on its Payload

Since November 2001, NASA's Genesis spacecraft has exposed specially designed collector arrays to the Sun's solar wind. That collection of pristine particles of the Sun came to an end on April 1, when NASA's Genesis team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, ordered the spacecraft's collectors deactivated and stowed. The closeout process was completed when Genesis closed and sealed the spacecraft's sample-return capsule.

JPL news release:


Genesis Summer Academies for Teachers

Making a dramatic entrance on September 8, 2004, NASA's Genesis Sample Return Capsule (SRC) will return to Earth with an astonishing mid-air capture over the Utah Test and Training Range. In anticipation of this exciting teachable moment, the Genesis mission Education and Public Outreach team will offer multiple opportunities this summer for classroom learning. Museums, universities, and planetariums will serve as the hosts for a series of Genesis Summer Academies nationwide.

********************************************************* NASA IDEAS and Genesis Contribute New Science Materials for Students with Visual Impairments

With funding from the NASA's IDEAS grant program, Genesis Education and Public Outreach has partnered with the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind to adapt learning materials for students with visual impairments. The project has developed and pilot tested "Evolving Universe," a unit of study focused on the origins of the universe and based on the "Spongy Universe" activity in the Genesis education module "Cosmogony."

Science teachers interested in field testing these materials in the fall should contact Donna Bogner for more information. To access the Adapted Curriculum Enhancement (ACE) Web site, go to


Thank You Field Test Teachers!

The end of the 2004 school year marks the end of our formal Genesis education module field testing. Those teachers who are field testing this year, please return your forms to McREL no later than June 15, 2004. For those teachers who are interested in providing feedback this spring or next fall, please use the online Education Materials Survey located at:


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