NASA global warming satellite lands in ocean near Antarctica

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February 24, 2009 17:29

A rocket carrying a NASA global warming satellite splashed into the ocean near Antarctica early Tuesday after a failed launch. The Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory blasted off just before 2 a.m. (1000 GMT, 5 a.m. EST) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. But minutes later, a cover protecting the satellite during launch failed to separate from the rocket, a preliminary investigation found. The 986-pound (447-kilogram) satellite was supposed to be placed into an orbit some 400 miles (650 kilometers) high to track carbon dioxide emissions.


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