NASA Earth Observation Satellite Glory Failed to Reach Orbit

NASA Taurus Rocket. Source: NASA

NASA Earth Study Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Glory mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday at 5:09:45 a.m. EST failed to reach orbit.

Telemetry indicated the fairing, the protective shell atop the Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch.

Video of Rocket Carrying the Glory Spacecraft Lifts Off From California

Here's a NASA video of the Taurus rocket launch carrying the Glory spacecraft lifting off from California.

A press briefing to discuss the Glory launch failure is planned at Vandenberg for approximately 8:00 a.m. EST. NASA Television will carry the press conference live at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

The new Earth-observing satellite was intended to improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

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