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2009-07-17 12:30:00

A NASA panel that investigated the unsuccessful Feb. 24 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, has completed its report. NASA's OCO satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide launched aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 24 at 4:55 a.m. EST, but it failed to reach orbit. The Mishap Investigation Board led by Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., verified that the Taurus launch vehicle...

2009-07-17 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA panel that investigated the unsuccessful Feb. 24 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, has completed its report. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's OCO satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide launched aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 24 at 4:55 a.m. EST, but it failed to reach orbit. The Mishap Investigation Board led by Rick...

2009-03-03 14:39:00

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb. 24. Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the mishap investigation board. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The board consists of four other voting members: Jose Caraballo, safety manager at NASA's Langley...

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2009-03-03 15:15:00

NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb. 24. Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the mishap investigation board. The board consists of four other voting members: -- Jose Caraballo, safety manager at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. -- Patricia Jones, acting chief of the Human Systems Integration Division in the...

2009-02-27 13:32:55

A $278 million NASA satellite that crashed into the Antarctic waters in a failed launch was a larger version of a $300,000 Canadian satellite, a scientist says. An 8-pound, milk-carton-size microsatellite called CanX-2, launched by the University of Toronto in India last April, monitors how carbon dioxide enters and exits the Earth's atmosphere, just as NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory was designed to do, York University space engineering Director Brendan Quine said. York engineers made a...

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2009-02-26 07:55:27

NASA's Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the investigation board for the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on Feb. 24. The Mishap Investigation Board, or MIB, will have four other members. NASA will announce the names of additional members as they become available. The board will gather information, analyze the facts, and identify the failure's cause or causes and contributing factors. The MIB will make...

2009-02-25 15:07:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the investigation board for the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on Feb. 24. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The Mishap Investigation Board, or MIB, will have four other members. NASA will announce the names of additional members as they become available. The board will gather...

2009-02-24 07:31:00

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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) 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...

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2009-02-24 10:00:00

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory failed to reach orbit after liftoff Tuesday morning. The satellite took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California just before 2 a.m., but the Taurus XL launch rocket's fairing - a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere - failed to separate, according to preliminary reports from NASA.  During a press briefing, NASA said the error occurred during the burning of the second stage. The third and...

2009-02-23 13:32:00

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand spectrometers will enable scientists to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations throughout Earth's atmosphere during NASA's upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission. The mission is being led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The spectrometers, designed by Hamilton Sundstrand's Energy, Space & Defense facility in Pomona,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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