Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Melting wax and feathers brown...

Gravity wins again. NASA's Genesis space probe returned to Earth after a three year journey in space collecting particles of solar wind. Unfortunately, the parachute did not open and Genesis impacted the Utah desert at considerable speed. Scientists were seeking to recover bits of the Sun captured by Genesis in order to learn more about the creation of the Solar System. Now the precious cargo of minute particles is perhaps hopelessly mixed up in the desert sand. It was an ambitious mission, the first sample return attempted since the Apollo flights 30 years ago. I hope NASA deems it worthwhile to take another crack at it.