The Exodus Of Genesis
Satellite Today learned that scientists have begun the process of piecing together the wreckage of the Genesis space capsule that crashed into the salt flats of Utah yesterday in an effort to determine why neither of the capsule’s parachutes deployed to enable a safe landing. They also want to retrieve the scientific data that was collected.
Early reports suggest that a battery on the Lockheed Martin Space Systems-designed and -built spacecraft overheated after the 2001 launch. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reportedly plans to appoint a review board to investigate the causes of the crash.
The capsule was part of a satellite that has been on a 884-day mission to harvest charged atoms in an effort to provide data on the evolution of the solar system.
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