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2011-03-04 09:20:00

"¨NASA officials announced Friday that the Glory Earth observation satellite had failed to reach orbit, thus ending the hopes that the craft could be used to analyze the effect of aerosol particles and solar energy on the planet's climate."¨The satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:09:45am EST on March 4, but was unable to reach orbit, the US space agency confirmed in a press release."¨"Telemetry indicated the fairing, the protective shell atop the...

2011-03-04 08:14:00

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Glory mission ended Friday after the spacecraft failed to reach orbit following its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA has begun the process of creating a Mishap Investigation Board to evaluate the cause of the failure. Telemetry indicated the fairing, a protective shell atop the satellite's Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected. The...

2011-03-01 10:24:00

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Glory spacecraft is scheduled for launch on Friday, March 4. Technical issues with ground support equipment for the Taurus XL launch vehicle led to the scrub of the original Feb. 23 launch attempt. Those issues have been resolved. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The March 4 liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., is targeted for 5:09:43 a.m. EST, in the middle of a 48-second launch window....

2011-02-24 12:39:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preparations for the launch of NASA's Glory mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have been suspended temporarily. Engineers continue to troubleshoot a malfunction in ground support equipment associated with the Taurus XL rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Feb. 23, a false indication was received about the rocket's status after commands were sent approximately 15 minutes before launch...

2011-02-23 17:08:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is currently planned for no earlier than Friday, Feb. 25 at 5:09 a.m. EST. Engineers from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. continue to troubleshoot a technical issue that arose during Wednesday's initial launch attempt. The target launch date also will ensure personnel get the required rest before entering another countdown. (Logo:...

2011-02-23 06:51:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been postponed at least 24 hours. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) During the final 15 minutes before Wednesday's scheduled launch of 5:09 a.m. EST, the vehicle interface control console, a ground interface with Orbital Sciences' Taurus XL rocket, gave an unexpected reading. The cause and potential effect of the reading...

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2011-02-28 15:00:00

NASA said on Monday that they are making progress in troubleshooting the ground support equipment issue that caused the delay of the Glory launch on February 23. The space agency said that the launch will take place no earlier than March 4. Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles known as aerosols affect Earth's climate.  According to NASA, both aerosols and solar energy influence the planet's energy budget....

2011-02-22 22:03:24

Total Irradiance Monitor on Glory to study changes in the sun's brightness, impact on climate change A $28 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument developed to study changes in the sun's brightness and its impact on Earth's climate is one of two primary payloads on NASA's Glory mission set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23. Designed and built by a team from CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the instrument called the Total...

2011-02-22 06:07:00

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Two cloud cameras built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will fly aboard NASA's Glory climate-monitoring mission scheduled to launch Wednesday, Feb. 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Ball Aerospace designed and built the semi-custom Glory cloud cameras for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center using standard CT-633 star tracker electronics and custom optics and software. The cloud cameras are mounted separately but will...

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2011-02-22 05:40:00

NASA is scheduled to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite -- Glory -- in the predawn hours early Wednesday in what is to be a $424 million mission to observe and analyze airborne particles emitted from volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes. The satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California. It will be carried by a Taurus XL rocket into space about 440 miles above Earth, where it will join a fleet of satellites that has been...


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