Report: Failure of Glory climate satellite unknown

February 20, 2013

A group of experts investigating the launch failure of a NASA climate satellite has failed to come up with a reason.

The Glory satellite plummeted into the Pacific in 2011 shortly after lifting off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base along the .

The panel's report released Wednesday found the rocket's clamshell-shaped covering over the satellite never fully opened. But the experts said they were unable to determine why. The covering surrounds the satellite as it flies through the atmosphere.

The loss of the $424 million mission was an embarrassment for NASA, which similarly lost another climate satellite in 2009.

The rocket was a Taurus XL from Orbital Sciences Corp.

NASA only released a summary of the accident report, citing U.S. and proprietary company information.

Explore further: Rocket with secret satellite launched from Calif.


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4 / 5 (4) Feb 20, 2013
A group of experts investigating the launch failure of a NASA climate satellite has failed to come up with a reason.

The body text under the caption rules out the word questioned.

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did it leave behind a glory hole ?
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The reason for the failure is well known.

Republican Sabotage.

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