NASA global warming satellite lands in ocean near Antarctica
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
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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