This unique two-disc set features an up-to-date electronic book on CD-ROM on the NASA Genesis mission, plus a DVD-VIDEO disc with nearly two hours of top-quality video of NASA coverage of the entry and subsequent unexpected crash landing of the capsule in the Utah desert in September 2004.
GENESIS MISSION: Although we have no eyewitness account of the formation of the solar system, scientists are attempting to understand what happened back then from pieces of evidence including meteorites and interstellar dust grains. An additional piece of evidence that would help in this quest for understanding is an accurate knowledge of the detailed composition of the Sun. In that quest, during August 2001, NASA launched the Genesis spacecraft. The Genesis spacecraft journeyed toward the Sun. It went to a place outside the Earth's magnetic field where the Earth and Sun gravities are balanced. While in orbit, the spacecraft bathed in solar wind that is flung out from the Sun. After 29 months in orbit, the sample collectors were re-stowed and returned to Earth. In September 2004, the capsule was supposed to be captured in mid-air by helicopter crews as it gently floated down by parachute. Unfortunately, the parachutes did not open, and the malfunction let the tumbling capsule crash into the Utah desert. NASA television coverage of the entire entry operation, including the deployment of the retrieval helicopters and a clear view of the tumbling craft hitting the dirt, is provided on the DVD-VIDEO, along with a portion of the post-landing news briefing.
As a bonus, there is complete coverage of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to explore Saturn and its moon, Titan. With its stunning rings and dozen of moons, Saturn is an intriguing planet for many reasons. Contents include nearly 500 pre-encounter image files in JPG, GIF, and TIF formats, along with 67 video clips in QuickTime and MPEG formats, with depictions of the spacecraft, instruments, launch, and mission profile.
The CD-ROM has over 9000 pages reproduced using Adobe Acrobat PDF software and Reader software is included. Advanced search and indexing features are built into Acrobat Reader, providing a complete full-text index. The Acrobat cataloging technology adds enormous value and uncommon functionality. There is no other reference that is as fast, convenient, comprehensive, and portable! The DVD-VIDEO disc, reproduced in the DVD-R format, can be played on DVD players connected to televisions.
Our CD-ROMs are privately-compiled collections of official public domain U.S. government files and documents - they are not produced by the federal government. They are designed to provide a convenient user-friendly reference work, utilizing the benefits of the Acrobat format to uniformly present thousands of pages that can be rapidly reviewed or printed without untold hours of tedious searching and downloading. This book-on-a-disc makes a superb reference work and educational tool.