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'Glory' Climate Sciences Satellite Launched but Separation Failed Mission Lost.

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« on: March 05, 2011, 11:55:01 am »

NASA satellite crashes to Earth
The loss of Glory is the second in two years for NASA's troubled Earth-observation programme.


"Attention all stations, We have had a contingency on the Glory Mission ..."

Failure to release a protective covering dragged NASA's Glory mission into the Pacific.
In a serious blow to Earth observation and solar science, NASA's Glory mission crashed today shortly after lift-off.

"All indications are that the satellite and rocket are in the southern Pacific Ocean somewhere," said a visibly upset Omar Baez, NASA's launch director for the mission, at a press conference held early this morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where Glory launched shortly after 2 a.m. local time.

The failure is the second major loss for NASA's Earth-observation programme in as many years. In February 2009, NASA lost its Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) intended to track atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in a strikingly similar incident.

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110304/full/news.2011.138.html

Onboard were a number of Amateur Radio Satellites which were also lost ....
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 12:16:50 pm »

Confidence blown

Glory was designed to give a global picture of the effects of airborne particles on climate, by collecting data on clouds and on the distribution and chemistry of particulate matter in the atmosphere. Without the mission, scientists will struggle to separate the various effects of dust, sulphates, black carbon and other particulates on climate change.

"A uniform data product is really key to having confidence in your models," says Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who follows rocket launches closely. "This is a real blow."

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