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[BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit

 
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[BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
NASA earth observation satellite fails to reach orbit

(AFP) – 54 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — The earth observation satellite Glory failed to reach orbit on Friday after its protective cover did not detach following its launch, a NASA official said.

"The fairing did not separate and the vehicle does not have sufficient velocity with the fairing on to achieve orbit," an official said on NASA TV, adding that there was "no indication as to why it did not separate."

He said there would be a press briefing at around 7:30 am (1230 GMT).

The launch of the satellite -- which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere to help clarify their impact on climate -- was delayed on February 23 after an unexpected ground control reading 15 minutes before liftoff.

On Friday it rocketed away from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a four stage Taurus-XL rocket at 2:09 am (1009 GMT), but NASA soon reported that it was slowing down and would not reach orbit.

A similar mishap took place in February 2009, when a satellite designed to monitor global carbon dioxide emissions plummeted into the ocean near Antarctica after failing to reach orbit, in a setback for climate science.

There too, a fatal mission error occurred minutes after liftoff when a clamshell-like nose cone known as a fairing, which protects the satellite during its ascent, failed to separate properly.

Glory was carrying instruments that were to measure aerosols and study how the Sun interacts with the atmosphere.

"Both aerosols and solar energy influence the planet's energy budget -- the amount of energy entering and exiting Earth's atmosphere," NASA said ahead of the launch.

"An accurate measurement of these impacts is important in order to anticipate future changes to our climate and how they may affect human life."


The Glory satellite and the Taurus rocket were both built by the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp.

The satellite itself weighs 1,164 pounds (528 kilograms), and carries two main instruments, the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor and the Total Irradiance Monitor which will be directed at the Sun.

Glory was supposed to chart an orbital course 340 nautical miles above the Earth, before employing an on-board propulsion system to raise its orbit to 438 nautical miles.

It was then supposed to join what is known as the "A-Train" of Earth-observing satellites sent up by NASA.

The five already there -- Aqua, Cloudsat, Calipso, Parasol and Aura -- fly in formation, crossing the equator every afternoon. Glory would have been the sixth member of the group.

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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
awwww :(
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
They're trying to hide the chemtrails...

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"Hold my cat while I bring in my tomato plant. That chemtrail looks like an earthquake chemtrail"

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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
so where will it crash land?
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
so where will it crash land?
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^^^ This ^^^
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
Are the "global warming" people tossing the shoe into the works of these two sats just to avoid the data they would be producing showing that "global warming" is complete and total bullshit?
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
The atmosphere was too thick for it to pass through....banana2
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
sounds republican to me...private company building
things with public money....steal the money and have
a problem....twice...same problem...sounds like the roads...
alot of states no longer have their own road crews..they
contract out repaving to the lowest bidder and wonder why
less than one year the roads look like they have never been
repaved....somethings are better left to the govt.
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Re: [BRKG] NASA earth observation satellite (which was to measure aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere) fails to reach orbit
popcorn
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