- Posted March 4, 2011 by
Failed "Glory" rocket launch
NASA's Glory satellite which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning, failed to reach orbit sending it into the southern Pacific Ocean when a protective shield failed to separate from the top of the Taurus XL rocket carrying it. The shield caused the rocket to loose the velocity it needed to reach orbit NASA officials said. This is the second time in two years a climate monitoring satellite was lost under similar circumstances with the same type of rocket.
The launch, which happend at 2:09 am Pacific Time, was on schedule to meet it's 48 second launch window and was visible from Ridgecrest which lies 175 miles to the east of Vandenberg.