Satellite Failed to Reach Orbit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A NASA satellite
designed to track carbon dioxide emissions worldwide failed to
reach orbit today in a mishap that could jeopardize its mission to
better understand climate change.
The Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
blasted off as planned at 1:55 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force
Base on California's Central Coast.
Several minutes into the flight, launch managers declared a
"contingency plan" after the payload cover -- called a fairing --
failed to separate from the launch vehicle. The fairing protects
the payload as the launch vehicle flies through the atmosphere.
The carbon observatory is part of a $280 million mission. It's
NASA's first satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide on a
global scale.


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  • by joe Location: ky on Feb 24, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    i wonder if any of it's weapons might start firing on their own?
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    The rocket turned out to be carrying too heavy a load. Seems the obese Al Gore was stowed on the satellite. Al can be seen in the sky nightly for the next two weeks as a large green glob of light flashing across the horizon. Unfortunately Al will be incinerated on re-entry..or is that fortunately?

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