[meteorite-list] Genesis Solar Samples Arrive at Johnson Space Center

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed Oct 6 11:23:21 2004
Message-ID: <200410061523.IAA06046_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington

William Jeffs
Johnson Space Center, Houston

D.C. Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.


October 5, 2004

Scientists are optimistic that samples of the Sun that arrived in Houston on
Monday will provide important information on the history and origin of the
solar system.

Following an extensive recovery effort since its Sept. 8 impact at a Utah
landing site, the first scientific samples from the Genesis space probe
arrived at NASA's Johnson Space Center late on Monday, Oct. 4.

Media are invited to view the Genesis sample shipping containers at JSC at 1
p.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 6, before they are moved into the specially
constructed Genesis Laboratory. Media wishing to attend should contact the
JSC newsroom at 281-483-5111.

Personnel involved with the curation of the Genesis samples at JSC are
available for interviews today, and video of the Genesis arrival at
Ellington Field will air on the NASA Television Video File today. Still
imagery of the arrival at Ellington Field and JSC is available on the
internet at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/genesis.html The quantity of
material recovered from Genesis will be determined by further study at JSC.
The samples are the first extraterrestrial matter returned by a U.S.
spacecraft since 1972, when the last moon rocks were carried back to Earth
by Apollo astronauts. Over the coming days, the samples, numbered and
packaged in separate carrying cases, will be moved to the Genesis clean room
where they will be preserved and protected. Samples will be distributed to
scientists to study over the coming months and years, beginning with members
of the Genesis Science Team.

NASA TV is available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C,
C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and
Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137
degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical,
and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. NASA TV is available on the Internet at:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv Information on the JSC Genesis Team is available at:


For more information about the Genesis mission on the Internet, visit:

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