U.S. earth-observation satellite crashes into Pacific Ocean (2)

11:25, March 05, 2011      

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"The flight was going well until the time of fairing separation," Diller said, "We did not have a successful fairing separation from the Taurus and there was insufficient velocity with the fairing still on for the vehicle to achieve orbit."

A few moments later, Baez declared a failure.

"We have had a contingency on the Glory mission," he told the launch team. "Please enact the mission mishap preparedness and contingency plan. Begin with notification, data impoundment and mishap response tasks...Do not attempt to call out and release information to anyone or speculate on the cause of the contingency."

Glory was launched on a three-year mission to collect data that scientists planned to use to better understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect the Earth's climate. Besides monitoring particles in the atmosphere, it will also track solar radiation to determine the sun's effect on climate change.

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