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Helicoptor catches Genesis return capsule
|Helicoptor boom snags parafoil
attached to descending Genesis capsule.
modified helicopter with a boom and winch underneath snags
the parafoil chute attached to a model Genesis sample
return capsule. The hook on the end of the boom collapses
the chute, allowing the helicopter to retrieve the capsule
in mid-air. This is necessary to ensure the purity of
the solar wind samples inside. This photo was taken during
successful trials of this novel capsule recovery technology.
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