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The Genesis Mission: An OverviewOne of the scientists studying the formation of planets is Don Burnett, principal investigator of the Genesis mission. He designed a NASA project to collect a sample of solar material that may help scientists answer important and puzzling questions. In August 2002, NASA launched the Genesis spacecraft. The spacecraft is not a time machine; it cannot go back to the time of formation of the solar system. What it will do is the next best thing. The Genesis spacecraft will journey toward the sun. It will go to a place outside the Earth's magnetic field where the Earth and sun gravities are balanced. While in orbit, the spacecraft will bathe in solar wind that is flung out from the sun. Solar wind particles are similar to material from which the planets formed, and are atoms, ions, or high-energy particles.
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August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
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Publication: Space Science Reference Guide, 2nd Edition
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Solar Physics
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