Space scientists postulate that the planets of our solar system arose from solar nebulae approximately 4.6 billion years ago. This July, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab launched a new mission, Genesis, to investigate the transition from solar nebulae to planets by collecting and analyzing the isotopic composition of solar particles. You can learn more about the Genesis mission at its official Website. Theoretical background, mission description, and scientific objectives are laid out in the text, while the site's imagery includes photographs of the mission hardware, diagrams of the spacecraft's orbit trajectory, mission timeline, and the instrumentation. Press releases, .pdf-formatted fact sheets, including one entitled "How does Studying Solar Wind Tell us About the Origin of Planets?" and a glossary are also available. People wishing to "catch a piece of the sun" should check out this site.
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