LETS FIND THE PROBLEMS AND FIX THEM

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moonunit

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GENESIS has crash-landed but she's back!<br /><br />Lets find out why the chutes didn't open and get it fixed for the next launch.<br /><br />At least it wasn't a human being this time.<br /><br />I have complete faith in our NASA<br /><br />Moonunit
 
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arobie

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What ever it was that caused the chutes to not open on this probe need to be found out and made sure that it won't happen on Stardust. I know the problem will be solved for this upcoming reentry. I also have faith in Nasa.<br /><br />BTW isn't Stardust's reentry this coming January?
 
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kelle

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Well, it was good that genesis was not going to land on Mars or the moon or something, but here on Earth. Even when it went wrong, we can at least recover the probe, and perhaps learn something about making parachute mechanisms. So even if the genesis mission is a failure, we can still perhaps learn something; how to make future probes much better.
 
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davp99

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Watched it Live yesterday...Oh Well<br /><br />Was it decided it was a dead Battery ??<br /><br />Too bad NASA couldn't have sent an Emergency Signal to Override the Onboard Computer and Fire that Chute ~! <img src="/images/icons/crazy.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="4">Dave..</font> </div>
 
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scottcarlin

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even if we could've sent a signal to fire the chute, if the battery is dead, it still wouldn't work. maybe a backup battery!!!! Brilliant!!!!
 
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mrmorris

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<font color="yellow">"Too bad NASA couldn't have sent an Emergency Signal to Override the Onboard Computer and Fire that Chute "</font><br /><br />Well they already had a stunt pilot up there to catch the sucker. They should also have put an action hero in the heli (Arnold, Van Damme, etc.). When it became obvious that the automatic mechanisms weren't going to fire the chute, he could have used a sniper rifle to shoot the mortar round. Of course to make it all tie together, the hero's love interest would have needed to be in the desert at ground zero (her car broke down) in order to provide the proper amount of suspense.
 
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radarredux

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> <i><font color="yellow">Lets find out why the chutes didn't open and get it fixed for the next launch.</font>/i><br /><br />I have not followed all the discussions, so this may have been raised and answered previously: Was Genesis part of the "faster, better, cheaper" era of vehicles?<br /><br />I have seen/read that following several Mars mishaps, the MERS had a bigger budget for testing than the previous missions. I wonder if Genesis suffered from not enough money allocated for testing.</i>
 
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yurkin

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<font color="yellow"> maybe a backup battery!!!! Brilliant!!!! </font><br /><br />If the battery failed because it overheated due to the failed radiator then a backup battery would have overheated and failed as well.<br />Perhaps a more robust radiator would have done the trick. The craft could have also been built to withstand higher temperatures, or higher velocities.<br /><br /><br />So far the low cost Discovery missions are batting...<br /><br />3 Successes <br />Pathfinder, Prospector, Near<br /><br />2 Failures <br />Contour, Genesis<br /><br />1 Disqualifies <br />Messenger (Over budget)<br /><br />Maybe for the next batch of Discovery missions the budget should have a minimum cap of 300 million and a maximum of say 400 million.<br />
 
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erauskydiver

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I think it is premature to write Genesis off as a failure. It's only a failure if none of the scientific objectives are obtained.
 
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