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Troubled launch for NASA's global warming mission

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Troubled launch for NASA's global warming mission

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NASA’s first ever mission aimed at measuring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has failed.

Despite a successful take-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the payload fairing failed to separate properly from the spacecraft just minutes after the launch. Part of a 220 million euro mission, the carbon observatory was to be NASA’s first satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide on a global scale. The aim of the two-year mission was to better understand the comings and goings of carbon dioxide, and thus gobal warming.