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Genesis battery temperature not a problem
Posted: Sun, Nov 11, 2001, 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)
Genesis spacecraft illustration (NASA) Officials with NASA's Genesis mission say that a high temperature in a battery on the spacecraft should not pose a risk. In articles published by Space News and Florida Today, project managers said the battery in the spacecraft's return capsule is at its maximum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, but should be able to withstand even warmer temperatures without problems. The battery will be used at the end of Genesis's mission, when it returns samples of the solar wind to Earth. Genesis is scheduled to go into orbit around the Earth-Sun L1 Lagrange point later this month and begin study of the solar wind. The solar wind samples will be returned to Earth in 2004.
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