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. The crash contaminated many of the sample collectors, but subsequent processing was able to isolate useful samples, and as of April 2005 some of the mission's science objectives are expected to be achieved successfully.
"Genesis" is the title of the first episode of the fourth season of the science fiction television show Sliders. Maggie and Quinn arrive on Earth Prime, which Rembrandt and Wade had already slid to, only to discover it has been conquered by the Kromaggs.