Genesis Spacecraft and Cassini Missions discussed

October 5th, 2004 by Adam

Sally Jean Jensen, NASA Solar System Ambassador and Chandra Resource Agent will present a program about the Genesis Spacecraft at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 12. The program will be held at the Sylvestre Planetarium in the Boyd Hall Science Center on Highland Street in Plymouth.

Launched on August 8, 2001, the Genesis Spacecraft has been capturing particles from the Sun. These particles are part of what is called, “Solar Wind.” The material returned to Earth in September.

Jensen says studying this material will help answer questions about the formation of the Solar System and how life got its start on Earth.

There will also be an update on the progress of the Cassini Mission, which is presently in the Saturn system. Jensen reports that the images are spectacular.

Dr. Dennis Machnik, planetarium director, will talk about the October night skies. He says, “This will be the first program with our new computer and LCD projector.” The talk is appropriate for all ages and presented free of charge.

For information call Dr. Machnik at (603) 535-2748.