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Given Liquid metal alloy's extraordinary performance characteristics, NASA and Liquid metal Technologies have been working together on numerous shuttle missions for NASA scientists to study its technology in space first hand. It has already been aboard four space shuttle missions, with scientists testing effects on the alloy in micro-gravity conditions. Because of its extraordinary performance characteristics, Liquid metal alloy is also being considered for several upcoming aerospace applications.

NASA's Genesis spacecraft, the first mission to collect and return solar wind samples with Liquid metal alloy based solar wind collector tiles had an unexpected harsh re-entry to earth this past fall. The parachute system failed to deploy when Genesis returned to Earth September 8, 2004. The MIB, analyzing the Genesis capsule at a facility near Denver, said the likely cause was a design error that involves the orientation of gravity-switch devices.

Meanwhile, scientists unpacking samples at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, curation facility remain upbeat in their assessment of the prospects for obtaining useful science from the recovered samples.

The mission was designed to measure the composition of isotopes in solar matter.

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