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By Ross Pomeroy February 09, 2017 Our mighty Sun bathes Earth in a tender glow. Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and it almost feels like you can catch a few of its caressing rays. While your relaxing efforts will technically be unsuccessful, it should warm your heart to know that scientists have literally caught some of the Sun's rays. And you know what's even cooler?
There's a place on Earth where you can actually hold a piece of the Sun! Stored within two tidy cleanrooms at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is a collection of metallic wafers and foils, and etched within their insides are particles of the solar wind.
The spacecraft was called Genesis, and for 850 days between December 2001 and April 2004, it captured as much of the Sun as it could within wafers and targets composed of materials like silicon, diamond, gold, aluminum, and sapphire.
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Phage
Additionally, to collect a piece of the sun, the science guys could have simply put their hands out in sunlight. To, you know, catch those photons from the Sun.