Artist's impression of the OCO (Image credit: NASA/JPL)
NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory and its Taurus booster lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base (Image credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation)
In bad news for NASA (and the planet in general), the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) satellite did not reach orbit as planned yesterday. According to a launch contingency briefing from NASA, the Taurus XL from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:55 a.m. EST proceeded normally, with only typical "minor issues" reported as the rocket approached lift-off, but preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate.
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