Genesis Prepares to Return to Earth - Universe Today
NASA ordered the Genesis spacecraft to close up its particle collectors this week, to prepare its sample-return capsule to enter the Earth's atmosphere. Over the last three years, Genesis has been collecting particles blown by the Sun on a special array made from exotic materials. This material should give scientists detailed information about the composition of the Sun. Genesis will release its capsule on September 8, 2004, and helicopter pilots will snag it in mid-air with giant hooks.