• The Forensics of Genesis
    Within the next few months, the scientific community will get a first look at the recovered samples from the Genesis probe. In the best cases 85-100 percent of some samples will be recovered intact and in other cases, forensics will be needed to understand the
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  • Toutatis: Almost Too Close for Comfort
    The asteroid Toutatis last flew close by Earth in 1992 and 1996, but it has not come as close to us as it will this year since 1353. On Wednesday morning, scientists and skywatchers alike will be able to witness its passage within only four
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  • Surfing the Wave
    A tsunami, a series of large waves caused by the disruption of seawater, is one of the many hazards of living on Earth. Bill McGuire, Director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, says that a mega-tsunami could cause death and destruction to both the eastern
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  • Contemplating the Cracked Capsule
    The shattered Genesis capsule has been moved to a clean room, and scientists are tentatively probing the interior, checking for damage. Although they say the samples can be recovered, the clean up will be a long and difficult process.
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  • Time to Collect the Corona
    If all goes as planned, the sample capsule from the Genesis spacecraft will be returning to Earth on Wednesday morning. The spacecraft has spent the past two years collecting the solar wind.
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  • Genesis Suffers A Crash Landing
    The Genesis sample capsule crash-landed today after its parachutes failed to deploy. A recovery crew is in the field now, hoping to recover materials from the shattered capsule.
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  • Flying the Sun to Safety
    The Genesis spacecraft spent 27 months collecting atoms from the solar wind as they streamed off the Sun's corona. When the Genesis sample capsule comes hurtling back to Earth on September 8, helicopter pilots will be waiting to grab it out of the sky.
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  • Towards Mysterious Mercury
    The MESSENGER spacecraft launched into space early this morning. It then began a long seven-year journey to Mercury, an incredibly dense world that may have withered in the heat of the sun.
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  • Sending a Messenger to Mercury
    Visiting an inner planet like Mercury exposes a spacecraft to eleven times the solar intensity compared to Earth. But the early August launch of the MESSENGER probe will look for cometary water-ice in any shaded areas, until it eventually crashes and plants its flag.
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  • Moving Forward By Moving Backward
    To manage on five out of six wheels, the Spirit rover has found backing up to be more efficient than driving forward. The net result however continues to impress mission scientists as they back their way into the Columbia Hills.
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