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Cache Valley Residents can Watch Genesis Re-entry Live

By Trina Paskett
Space Dynamics Laboratory
August 31, 2004

The Genesis helicopter team practices a safe return for the sample return capsule.
Image credit: NASA/JPL

LOGAN – As two Hollywood helicopter stunt pilots try to capture NASA’s Genesis spacecraft before it collides with the Earth in Utah, Cache Valley residents will be among those invited to watch the event live on Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the Space Dynamics Laboratory’s auditorium, sponsored by Next Audio Video.

In a dramatic mission ending that marks the beginning of scientific research, NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system.

Artist's concept of Genesis spacecraft in collection mode.
Image credit: NASA/JPL

"The Genesis mission – to capture a piece of the Sun and return it to Earth – is truly in the NASA spirit: a bold, inspiring mission that makes a fundamental contribution to scientific knowledge," said Steven Brody, NASA's program executive for the Genesis mission, NASA Headquarters, Washington.

The rendezvous will occur between 10:15 and 10:30 MST at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range, southwest of Salt Lake City. The public will not be allowed on the range, the only way for them to watch will be via NASA’s live television feed.

The event is free to the public. Seating is limited and the doors open at 9 a.m. SDL’s auditorium is located in its Calibration and Optical Research Laboratory at 489 East Research Parkway (1650 North).

For more information on Genesis see NASA’s website at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/genesis/main/index.html