- Genesis (spacecraft)
The Genesis spacecraft was the first ever attempt to collect a sample of
solar wind, and the first " sample return mission" to return from beyond the orbit of the Moon. It was launched on August 8, 2001, and crash-landed on September 8, 2004after a design flaw prevented the deployment of its drogue parachute. The crash contaminated many of the sample collectors, but subsequent processing was able to isolate useful samples, and as of March 2008 all of the mission's major science objectives are expected to be achieved successfully.cite journal
last = Hand
first = Eric
title = The Solar System's first breath
journal = Nature
volume = 452
pages = 259
date = 2008-03-13
url = http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080313/full/452259a.html
doi = 10.1038/452259a
format = fee required ]
that made the Earth, obtaining particles would also help see the material these molecular clouds are made from, helping to answer questions on the necessary conditions for life to exist.
Obtaining the solar matter was not straightforward. The
corona, the closest that a craft could get to the Sun, burns at an intense 1-3 million kelvin, making a direct sample impossible for a craft of any known material. NASA scientists instead decided to use collector arrays to collect the solar wind. Genesis had three distinct collector arrays, with only one exposed at any time. The three arrays were each used to collect a different type of solar wind, with the exposure of the arrays controlled based on solar observations (such as a coronal mass ejection).
Each collector array consisted of a grid of ultra-pure wafers of
silicon, gold, sapphire, diamondand other materials. [cite journal| title= The Genesis Discovery mission: Return of solar matter to Earth |author= Burnett DS, Barraclough BL, Bennett R, Neugebauer M, Oldham LP, Sasaki CN, Sevilla D, Smith N, Stansbery E, Sweetnam D, Wiens RC |journal= Space Sci. Rev.|volume= 105|pages=509–534 |year=2003|doi=10.1023/A:1024425810605] The solar wind particles travel with such high speed that they would normally be obliterated upon a high-speed collision, but the special wafers have very low density. This low density enables the particles to be caught at high speed, analogous to throwing a marble into a ball pit; the marble glides around the much larger balls and air until it settles deep in the pit.
Launch and sample collection
Genesis was a Discovery-class mission of the
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) at the California Institute of Technology(Caltech). The spacecraftwas designed and built by Lockheed MartinSpace Systems. According to NASA, the total cost of Genesis was $264 million.
NASA launched the craft on a Delta II 7326 rocket on
August 8 2001at 16:13:40 UTC from Cape Canaveral. Genesis followed a complicated Interplanetary Transport Networktrajectory to a chaotic Lissajous halo orbit at the L1 Lagrange pointbetween the Earthand the Sun. From December 3, 2001to April 1, 2004it exposed collector arrays to pick up atoms of solar windexpelled from the Sun.
Following completion of the collection phase, the collector arrays were stowed in a sample return capsule, and the spacecraft returned to Earth. As the capsule was approaching Earth and at the first stages of re-entry, all appeared well.
parachutelanding might have damaged the delicate samples, so the mission design called for a mid-air retrievalof the sample return capsule. About 33 km above the ground, a drogue parachutewas planned to be deployed to slow descent. Then, at a height of 6.7 km, a large parafoilwas to be deployed to slow descent further and leave the capsule in stable flight. A helicopter, with a second helicopter as a backup, was then to attempt to catch the capsule by its parachute on the end of a 5 meter hook. Once retrieved, the capsule would have been soft-landed.The sample return capsule entered Earth's atmosphere on September 8, 2004while the remainder of the spacecraft was diverted into an irretrievable sunward orbit to avoid atmospheric entry. Due to a design flaw in a deceleration sensor, parachute deployment was never triggered, and the spacecraft descended slowed only by air resistance. The planned mid-air retrieval could not be carried out. The spacecraft crashed into the desert floor of the Dugway Proving Groundin Tooele County, Utahat about 86 m/s(311 km/h; 193 mph).
The capsule broke open on impact, and part of the inner sample capsule was also breached. The damage was less severe than might have been expected given its velocity; it was to some extent cushioned by falling into fairly soft muddy ground.
ample extraction & results
The damaged capsule was moved to a clean room for analysis, and the unfired pyrotechnic devices made safe. Initial investigations showed that some wafers had crumbled to dust on impact, but others were largely intact. Desert dirt entered the capsule, but not liquid water. Because the solar wind particles are expected to be embedded in the wafers, whereas the contaminating dirt is likely just to lie on the surface, it may be possible to separate the dirt from the samples.
The analysis team was hopeful of being able to extract some useful data from the capsule. Roger Wiens, of the
Los Alamos National Laboratorystated on September 10 2004that because much of the inner canister was still intact, and despite serious contamination, "We should be able to meet many, if not all, of our primary science goals". On September 21 2004the extraction was said to be going well, with wafer fragments beginning to be extracted from the science canister. NASA announced on January 27, 2005, that a first sample piece of an aluminum wafer was sent to scientists at Washington University in St. Louisfor analysis. [cite web | date = January 27 2005| url = http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=16014 | title = NASA Sends First Genesis Early-Science Sample to Researchers | publisher = SpaceRef.com | accessdate = 2006-04-24]
April 20, 2005, NASA announced that scientists at the Johnson Space Centerin Houston had removed the four solar-wind collectors from an instrument called the concentrator and found them in excellent shape. The concentrator's targets collected solar-oxygen ions during the mission and will be analyzed to measure solar-oxygen isotopic composition, the highest-priority measurement objective for Genesis. [cite web | last = Beasley | first = Dolores | coauthors = Jeffs, William; Ambrosiano, Nancy | date = April 20 2005| url = http://www.genesismission.org/mission/release_nasajsc.html | title = NASA Announces Key Genesis Science Collectors In Excellent Shape | publisher = NASA
accessdate = 2006-04-24]
Confirming the integrity of the wafers and the recovery process, on
October 18, 2007, the scientists at Washington University in St. Louis published detailed neon and argon isotope fractionation findings. [cite web | last = Meshik | first = Alex | coauthors = Mabry, Jennifer; Hohenberg, Charles; Marrocchi, Yves; Pravdivtseva, Olga; Burnett, Donald; Olinger, Chad; Wiens, Roger; Reisenfeld, Dan; Allton, Judith; McNamara, Karen; Stansbery, Eileen; Jurewicz, Amy J. G. | date = October 18 2007| url = http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/318/5849/433 | title = Constraints on Neon and Argon Isotopic Fractionation in Solar Wind | publisher = Science
accessdate = 2007-10-20] Argon and neon isotopes in samples of three types of solar wind (fast, slow, and coronal mass ejections from the Sun’s surface) were captured and quantified. The findings effectively discount some theoretical models of stellar genesis. This much more precise data complements knowledge gained from earlier lunar argon measurements.
It was announced by Kevin McKeegan on
March 10, 2008that analysis of a siliconwafer has shown that the Sun has a higher proportion of oxygen-16 than does the Earth. The measurement was made after the upper 20 nm of the wafer was removed with a beam of caesiumions. This implies that an unknown process depleted oxygen-16 from the Sun's disk of protoplanetary material prior to the coalescence of dust grains that formed the Earth.
Ironically, it was not terrestrial desert soil introduced in the crash that proved most difficult to deal with during the sample analysis process but the craft's own flight-introduced compounds such as lubricants and craft-building materials. [cite web | date =
October 18 2007| url = http://www.nature.com/news/2007/071017/full/news.2007.175.html | title = Crashed spacecraft yields data | publisher = naturenews | accessdate = 2007-10-20]
Fate of spacecraft bus
After releasing the sample return capsule on
September 8, 2004, the spacecraft bus headed back toward the vicinity of the Earth-Sun Lagrange Point(L1). A trajectory correction maneuver was performed on November 6, 2004to allow it eventually to leave L1 if the bus was not used for an extended mission. Final commands were radiated on December 2, 2004, [ [http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/science/analysis1.html] ] to put Genesis into hibernation. While in this "safe" mode, it will continue transmitting health and safety information, autonomously pointing its solar arrays toward the Sun. The spacecraft bus left L1 around February 1, 2005, staying in a heliocentric orbit leading the Earth. [ [http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/solo.html] ]
Mishap Investigation Board
A 16-member NASA Genesis Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) was quickly formed, including experts on pyrotechnics, avionics, and other relevant specialties. The MIB started its work on
September 10 2004when it arrived at Dugway Proving Ground. It determined that all scientific hardware meant to be curated by the Johnson Space Center could be released and were not needed for the work of the board. Both JPL and Lockheed Martin began to prepare flight data and other records for the MIB.
It was announced on
September 23 2004that the capsule, having had the science material extracted, would be moved to the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility near Denver, Colorado, for MIB use.
A first possible root cause of the failed deployment of the parachutes was announced in an
October 14press release. Lockheed Martinhad built the system with an acceleration sensor's internal mechanisms wrongly oriented, and design reviews had not caught the mistake. The intended design was to make an electrical contact inside the sensor at 3 "g" (29 m/s²), maintaining it through the maximum expected 30 "g" (290 m/s²), and breaking the contact again at 3 "g" to start the parachute release sequence. Instead, no contact was ever made. [cite web | last = McKee | first = Maggie | date = 15 October 2004| url = http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996541 | title = Genesis crash linked to upside-down design | publisher = New Scientist | accessdate = 2006-04-24]
The same general parachute concept was also used on the Stardust comet sample return spacecraft, which landed successfully in 2006; but that system was said not to have Genesis's flaw.
Shortly after the spacecraft crashed, it was pointed out that
Colin Pillinger, part of the science team analysing the collected samples, was also the Principal Investigator for the ill-fated Beagle 2mission to Mars. It had been suggested that the cause of Beagle 2's loss (which is as yet undetermined) might also have been due to a parachute failure. The determination of the cause of Genesis's parachute failure rules out any link between the two failures.
The chair of the NASA investigation board,
Michael Ryschkewitsch, noted that none of the stringent review procedures at NASA had picked up a mistake, saying, "It would be very easy to mix this up".
This mishap is strikingly similar to the original event that inspired
Edward A. Murphy, Jr.to formulate the now-famous Murphy's Law: an accelerometerinstalled backwards. [cite web | last = Oberg | first = James | authorlink = James Oberg | date = October 21 2004| url = http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6301146/ | title = ‘Murphy’s Law’ rules outer space... And NASA still needs to learn how to evade it | publisher = MSNBC
accessdate = 2006-04-24] On
January 6 2006, Ryschkewitsch revealed that a pre-test procedure on the craft was skipped by Lockheed Martin, and added that the test could have easily detected the problem. [cite web | last = Associated Press | authorlink = Associated Press | date = 7 January 2006| url = http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/ap_060107_genesis_update.html | title = Official: Genesis Pre-Launch Test Skipped | publisher = Space.com | accessdate = 2006-04-24]
* [http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?MCode=Genesis Genesis Mission Profile] by [http://solarsystem.nasa.gov NASA's Solar System Exploration]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
См. также в других словарях:
Genesis (disambiguation) — Genesis may refer to:Gaming* Sega Genesis, a gaming console * , a computer game * Genesis Rhapsodos, a character in the Final Fantasy gaming franchiseTransportationVehicles* Bertone Genesis, a concept car * GE Genesis, a locomotive * Genesis… … Wikipedia
Genesis (космический аппарат) — Genesis Заказчик … Википедия
Genesis (КА) — Genesis Заказчик … Википедия
Genesis I — Caractéristiques Organisation Bigelow Aerospace (Privée) Domaine Station spatiale orbitale Masse 1 360 kg (5) … Wikipédia en Français
Genesis-1 — ist ein von Bigelow Aerospace gebauter Satellit der Genesis Reihe. Er dient zur Erprobung neuer Technologien zum Bau eines privaten Weltraumhotels. Die Hülle des Satelliten besteht aus mikrometeoritenbeständigen Kunststoffschichten, die es… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Genesis 1 — ist ein von Bigelow Aerospace gebauter Satellit der Genesis Reihe. Er dient zur Erprobung neuer Technologien zum Bau eines privaten Weltraumhotels. Die Hülle des Satelliten besteht aus mikrometeoritenbeständigen Kunststoffschichten, die es… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Genesis Pathfinder 1 — Genesis 1 ist ein von Bigelow Aerospace gebauter Satellit der Genesis Reihe. Er dient zur Erprobung neuer Technologien zum Bau eines privaten Weltraumhotels. Die Hülle des Satelliten besteht aus mikrometeoritenbeständigen Kunststoffschichten, die … Deutsch Wikipedia
Genesis II — Infobox Space station station = Genesis II station station image size = station image caption = Artist rendering of Genesis II NSSDC ID = 2007 028A sign = NORAD #31789 (1) crew = Unmanned launch = June 28, 2007 15:02:00 UTC (2) launch pad =… … Wikipedia
Genesis I — Infobox Space station station = Genesis I station station image size = station image caption = Image from one of the seven exterior cameras on Genesis I . NSSDC ID = 2006 029A sign = NORAD #29252 (1) crew = Unmanned launch = July 12, 2006… … Wikipedia
Spacecraft — Spaceship redirects here. For other uses, see Spaceship (disambiguation). More than 100 Russian Soyuz manned spacecraft (TMA version shown) have flown since 1967, originally for a Soviet manned lunar program, but currently supporting the… … Wikipedia