Genesis (spacecraft)

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The Genesis spacecraft was the first ever attempt to collect a sample of solar wind, and the first sample return mission to return from beyond the orbit of the Moon. It was launched on August 8, 2001, and crash-landed on September 8, 2004 after a design flaw prevented the deployment of its drogue parachute. As of September 10 2004, analysis of the damaged capsule is in progress, and there is a possibility of retrieving partial science data from the mission.