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Start Wreck: NASA's new satellite fails on launch

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Start Wreck: NASA's new satellite fails on launch


Despite a successful take-off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, things quickly turned sour for NASA’s first ever mission to study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Just minutes after the launch, the satellite failed to separate from its rocket. The 220 million-euro Orbiting Carbon Observatory was to have been NASA’s first satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide on a global scale, with the aim of better understanding climate change. “There is a huge disappointment for the entire team that’s worked very hard over years and years and who really did their best to see it through and the reason not everyone is able to do this is that it’s hard and even when you do the best you can, you can still fail,” said a NASA spokesman. Scientists were counting on the new satellite to study how carbon dioxide, suspected of being a trigger of global climate change, is distributed around the planet. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.

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