Los Alamos National Laboratory Go to the Lab's home page Search for people in the Lab's phone book Search the Laboratory's Web site

Contact Info

Welcome to the Genesis Mission data website. Genesis was a solar-wind sample return mission that collected ions on large-area ultrapure substrates between November 30, 2001, and April 1, 2004 at the L1 point. The solar-wind ions embedded themselves in the top 100 nm of ultrapure substrates that were returned to Earth by capsule September 8, 2004. More information is available at the public website.

A key aspect of the mission was to collect separate samples of different types of solar wind--interstream, coronal hole, and coronal mass ejection. To distinguish these types in real time the spacecraft is equipped with a Genesis Electron Monitor (GEM) and a Genesis Ion Monitor (GIM). These in-situ spectrometers had dual roles of a) providing raw data to a science algorithm in the spacecraft C&DH unit to command the collection arrays, and b) providing a solar-wind plasma data set available to the Space Physics community. This website exists to provide you with the GIM & GEM data set. In addition to L1 data, the Monitors collected data during the outbound phase of the mission, from August 24 to mid-November, 2001, and during the return phase, between April 1 and August 4, 2004, during which Genesis flew by the Earth and out to the L2 point.

Further information about the mission and about the science and technical rationale for sample collection is available through the links and publications mentioned on this site.

The Genesis Spacecraft

Mid-Air Capsule Retrieval
web questions

 Los Alamos National Laboratory  Operated by the University of California for the National Nuclear Security Administration ,
of the US Department of Energy.     Copyright © 2006 LLC | Disclaimer/Privacy

Last Modified $Date: 2008/12/22 17:49:41 $