Tuesday, February 24, 2009

With all the things that have to go right, it's a wonder missions like this ever work. Sounds like this satellite would have been helpful had it made it to orbit.
A NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere failed to reach its orbit during launching Tuesday morning, scuttling the $278 million mission.
The satellite fell back to Earth, landing in the ocean just short of Antarctica.
The carbon observatory was to precisely measure levels of carbon dioxide — the heat-trapping gas that is driving global warming — in the air. Scientists had hoped the new data, covering the entire planet, would help them improve climate models and better understand the “carbon sinks” like oceans and forests and that absorb much of the carbon dioxide.

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