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Genesis Reentry Observations and Data AnalysisThe Genesis spacecraft reentry represented a unique opportunity to observe a "calibrated meteor" from northern Nevada. Knowing its speed, mass, composition, and precise trajectory made it a good subject to test some of the algorithms used to determine meteoroid mass from observed brightness. It was also a good test of an inexpensive set of cameras that could be deployed to observe future shuttle reentries. The utility of consumer-grade video cameras was evident during the STS-107 accident investigation, and the Genesis reentry gave us the opportunity to specify and test commercially available cameras that could be used during future reentries. This Technical Memorandum describes the video observations and their analysis, compares the results with a simple photometric model, describes the forward scatter radar experiment, and lists lessons learned from the expedition and implications for the Stardust reentry in January 2006 as well as future shuttle reentries.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Suggs, R. M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Swift, W. R.
(Raytheon Co. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2005
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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