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Originally posted October 15 2004 at 18:10 under Physics. 0 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled.

Genesis of Crash


A while back I posted about the crash of the Genesis mission which had been collecting particles streaming from the sun. The probe returned to Earth was supposed to be plucked from the sky in a daring helicopter manouver, but it’s parachute failed to open. Now New Scientist reports that the cause of the chute’s failure may have been found. Seems the decelaration detector, which should have triggered the whole thing, was somehow designed backwards (note: not installed backwards, designed backwards!) The smallest things. Questions will undoubtedly be asked as to how that one slipped through. The good news is that it looks like Stardust, which has a lot of design similarities to Genesis, isn’t actually effected.

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