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Failure of the Glory Mission Launch May Have Impact on Future Climate Study Missions PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaurieRuberg   
Friday, 04 March 2011 19:59

Glory Mission PatchGlory satellite launchMarch 4, 2011: Following the unsuccessful attempt to launch the Glory mission into orbit, a team from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation, maker of the Taurus XL rocket, discussed the failure of the rocket's fairing to separate at a press conference held today. The fairing, which covers and protects the spacecraft during launch and ascent, underwent a redesign of its separation system after a similar failure two years ago. The new system has been successfully used on another Orbital launch vehicle several times.

The mission that was to be launched into orbit today by the Taurus XL rocket, included a $424 million NASA satellite, known as Glory, designed to study the influence of aerosols on climate and measure solar energy failed to reach orbit this morning.  Read more...