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NASA’s Launch of Carbon-Seeking Satellite is Unsuccessful

February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Tuesday from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate. The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere.

A Mishap Investigation Board will be immediately convened to determine the cause of the launch failure.

For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

SOURCE NASA


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