Sunday, March 6, 2011

NASA satellite crashes to Earth

The loss of Glory is the second in two years for NASA's troubled Earth-observation programme.

Geoff Brumfiel 

Failure to release a protective covering dragged NASA's Glory AP Photo/B. Walton/Santa Maria Times
mission into the Pacific.AP Photo/B. Walton/Santa Maria Times

In a serious blow to Earth observation and solar science, NASA's Glory mission crashed today shortly after lift-off. 

"All indications are that the satellite and rocket are in the southern Pacific Ocean somewhere," said a visibly upset Omar Baez, NASA's launch director for the mission, at a press conference held early this morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where Glory launched shortly after 2 a.m. local time.

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