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The Genesis mission is the 5th in the Discovery class series. The mission will send a spacecraft beyond Earth's influence, into the solar wind to collect material for 2 years and then return the samples to earch for analysis. The goal will be to obtain precise solar isotopic abundances and improve the solar elemental abundances. Genesis addresses questions about the materials and processes involved in the origins of the solar system by providing precise knowledge of solar isotopic and elemental compositions, a cornerstone data set around which theories for materials, processes, events, and time scales in the solar nebula are built, and from which theories about the evolution of planets begin

Mission Timeline

  • Jan 2001 - Launch

Last Updated on December 16, 1999

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Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii