Status Report

Genesis Mission Outreach E-News, 11th Edition October 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
November 1, 2000
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Countdown to Launch

The NASA Genesis mission is an exciting mission in a number of ways. Read about the new metallic glass used in the solar wind collector on the spacecraft in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory newest Genesis press release. You will learn how the solar collectors will secure the first-ever samples of the solar wind as the spacecraft floats in the oncoming solar stream. The release titled “NEW BULK METALLIC GLASS TO CATCH PIECES OF THE SOLAR WIND” is posted on the Genesis Web site at: You can also find the release at:


From Absolute Zero to X-Ray Emissions

Vocabulary building occurs for us every day in our ongoing communications with those around us. But what about the times when we have a certain mission in mind to grow our knowledge of science terms and enhance our capacity to better understand scientific terminology? The Genesis mission Web site can help. A glossary of terms resides on the site at: It comes with an alphabetical navigation tool to quickly browse the glossary. These terms are also in boldface as they appear in text on the Web site. Happy word building!


An Apple for the Elementary School Teacher and Kids of All Ages

The Genesis mission Web site features activity pieces that work well to bring student inquiry into a NASA mission to an elementary classroom. An updated spacecraft coloring sheet, mission mobile, and spacecraft model have been posted on the Web site. They are in portable document format (pdf), and simply require a free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader to your computer, after which you can print each piece in a high quality, print-optimized classroom handout ready for copying and dissemination. You can access these items on our Products and Activities page at:


Science teacher conference attendees, will we see you in Baltimore?

On November 16-18, if you are planning to attend the NSTA Eastern Area convention in Baltimore, Maryland, plan to visit the McREL booth. We will have free education materials on hand, and would love to talk with you about exciting opportunities for using Genesis materials in your science curriculum! We were successful in reaching many of you at the state conferences this month in Sacramento, California and College Station, Texas. Thank you for your overwhelming response. It is a pleasure to share the many possibilities of using Genesis education materials in teacher classrooms across the country.

SpaceRef staff editor.