Friday, March 4, 2011

Red faces at Nasa as it finally launches $424million Glory satellite... and it crashes into the ocean after failing to reach orbit - 4th Mar 2011

A rocket carrying the Glory Earth-observing satellite launched today but failed to place the satellite into orbit, sending both plummeting into the Pacific.

Nasa said a protective covering on the Taurus XL rocket did not separate as planned three minutes after launch at 2.09am local time (10.09 GMT).

With the covering intact, the rocket was too heavy to get the satellite into orbit.

Nasa launch commentator George Dillar announced the failure 15 minutes after lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California.

Launch director Omar Baez said: 'We failed to make orbit and all indications are that the satellite and rocket are in the South Pacific Ocean somewhere.'

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