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Capsule's Clues Could Illuminate Solar System

Science File | IN BRIEF

October 09, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Thousands of samples from NASA's Genesis space capsule have arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the project's curator must assemble a giant jigsaw puzzle that could hold clues to the origins of the solar system. Wafers on five collector panels, which broke into thousands of pieces when the capsule slammed into Earth last month, secured samples of atoms and ions from solar wind.

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