LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Aug 08 2001
United States Air Force

Genesis

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

August 8, 2001 at 12:13 PM EDT

(August 8, 2001 at 4:13 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

August 8, 2001 at 12:13 PM EDT

(August 8, 2001 at 4:13 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

August 8, 2001 at 12:13 PM EDT

(August 8, 2001 at 4:13 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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No Recovery Specified

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No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Planetary Science
    • Launch delayed from February 10 and July 30. The Genesis probe flew to the Earth-Sun L1 Lagrangian point and spend two years collecting samples of the solar wind. The collected samples were to be physically returned to Earth in a sample return capsule (air-snatch recovery was planned over Utah) and analysed in ground-based laboratories. On September 8, 2004, the Genesis space probe became the first spacecraft to return from beyond lunar orbit to the Earth's surface. The Genesis Sample Return Capsule separated from the spacecraft on September 8, 66,000 km above the Earth. The capsule successfully re-entered the atmosphere over Oregon at 11 km/s, but a wiring error resulted in the drogue parachute release mortar failing to fire at 33 km altitude. The capsule crashed to earth at 90 m/s in the Dugway Proving Ground at 40 07 40 N 113 30 29 W. Although the vehicle was smashed, some of the samples could be retrieved.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 17A