Status Report

Genesis Mission Outreach E-News, 13th Edition December 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
December 29, 2000
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Visit the Genesis mission outreach Web site at:


Countdown to Launch

The Genesis mission will launch mid-2001 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The project is recommending to NASA a launch period starting the end of June and running into the first part of July–referred to as a “Junely” launch opportunity. In this new mission timeline, the Genesis spacecraft will orbit about the L1 point five times instead of the originally proposed four L1 orbits. With a “Junely” launch, the sample return would occur in August of 2004. You can view the proposed Genesis mission timeline at:


“You don’t have to be a genius.”

Meet Genesis Distinguished Visiting Scientist Marcia Neugebauer. As the Genesis project person who has the most background in studying the solar wind, Marcia’s research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has informed mission scientists in “how the solar wind flows, the physics.”
Marcia’s advice for young people who are interested in space science is, “You don’t have to be a genius. Just work hard and enjoy it.” You can meet Marcia and learn about her role in the Genesis mission by reading her interview, viewing a video clip about her work on the mission, and read her autobiographical article from The Journal of Geophysical Research, “Pioneers of Space Physics: A Career in the Solar Wind.”


The Best of 2000
The year 2000 was an exciting one for the Genesis mission. Here are some highlights from Genesis
e-newsletters ringing in the new millennium:


  • Planetary Diversity education module is posted on the Genesis Web site. Third in the Cosmic Chemistry series, this module focuses on the origin and evolution of the planets in our solar system.
  • Genesis Gram Activity
    Genesis is the first to offer the public the opportunity to submit a thought along with their name for micro-chip engraving and transport aboard the Genesis spacecraft. Engraved Genesis grams will be featured on the Genesis site in the upcoming months prior to launch.


  • Understanding Elements fourth education module in the Cosmic Chemistry series is posted on the Genesis Web site. Written for middle school science teachers, Understanding Elements is a new take on the high school Genesis education module titled: Cosmic Chemistry: An Elemental Question which features the very popular interactive simulation of the periodic table:


  • Dynamic Design: A Collection Process education module is posted on the Genesis Web site. It focuses on the relationship between basic design concepts and the collection methods that will be used in the Genesis mission.
  • On-line Evaluation Opportunity
    In its education outreach, Genesis works to provide process-driven educational materials that advance the best possible teaching practices for the classroom. Teachers can evaluate the Genesis Web site by selecting the “provide feedback” link located at the bottom of the Genesis home page:


  • Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System Web Site Features Genesis A Genesis mission overview and featured interview of Lloyd Oldham, Genesis deputy project manager and program manager, Flight Systems, Lockheed Martin Space System Company-Astronautics Operations.


  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Escapes Fire Damage
    The entire country had its eye on Los Alamos, New Mexico, where a controlled burn became a raging forest fire. Roger Wiens, LANL Genesis project leader, shared, “None of the Genesis team members experienced loss or damage to their homes. No LANL facilities used for space hardware were damaged. It appears that all Genesis instruments are in fine shape.”
  • Genesis Focus on Scouting
    If you know a Girl Scout who plans to earn her Space Exploration Cadette and Senior Interest Patch, or a Boy Scout who would like to earn an Astronomy Merit Badge and/or a Space Exploration Merit Badge, visit the Genesis Scouting page at:


  • View the Spacecraft
    You can see the science canister as it will appear while in orbit and view the collector arrays, the concentrator, and the solar wind monitors at
  • Public Modules
    Public modules focus on the basic science principles used by Genesis scientists and engineers. You can access a public module on how sunlight and solar heat are made at:
  • Genesis Fact Sheets Print-optimized fact sheets (short, informative texts with graphics and photos) can be printed directly from the site.


  • Kids and Genesis Summer Fun
    A coloring sheet, a mobile, and a model of the Genesis spacecraft (complete with instructions on how to put it together) are at:
  • Banner Links
    The site offers assorted Web-optimized Genesis banners with sample HTML code ready for your Web page. Featured banners, sample code, and instructions can be found at:
  • Spanish Genesis Fact Sheets Mission series fact sheets are translated into Spanish and posted on the Web site.


  • Genesis and Technology
    The Genesis Web site posts new technology pieces.
    Videos and clips:
    Graphics gallery:
    Clean room video, accompanying teacher guide, and student activity:
    Planetary Diversity PowerPoint (Solar Nebula Supermarket) with speaker notes and teacher guide:
  • Life Skills and Career Exploration: A New Lesson “From a Different Angle”
    The Careers section of the site explores the varied work of the people who support the mission.


  • Cosmogony fifth education module in the Cosmic Chemistry series is posted on the Genesis Web site. Classroom activities examine some aspects of the contemporary models of the origin of the universe, the concepts of time and distance, and the strategy of working backward from a known final state to a reasonable initial state.
  • Genesis Concentrator Targets Installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory Following assembly, the concentrator endured operational tests in a vacuum chamber to simulate conditions at L1. After passing all its tests, the Genesis concentrator was shipped from LANL to Johnson Space Center for cleaning and installation into the science canister.


  • NEW BULK METALLIC GLASS TO CATCH PIECES OF THE SOLAR WIND NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory newest Genesis press release. Learn how the solar collectors will secure the first-ever samples of the solar wind as the spacecraft floats in the oncoming solar stream.
  • From Absolute Zero to X-Ray Emissions As students expand their scientific terminology, our glossary section grows and features an alphabetical navigation tool for quick browsing.


  • Countdown to Launch
    Genesis Press Room: Updated graphics gallery, press releases, video files, backgrounders, and contact information for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory media relations and Genesis mission outreach offices, and the McREL education and public outreach office.
  • Genesis Web Site Honored with WebAward
    The Web Marketing Association, Inc., an independent organization recognizing excellence in Internet Web sites, named McREL’s education and public outreach site for the Genesis mission an Outstanding Web Site in its 2000 WebAward competition McREL WebAward press release is posted at:

  • SpaceRef staff editor.