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Launch failure double blow for Nasa

Nasa's attempt to launch its latest Earth observation mission has ended in failure after the launch rocket failed to release its payload.

Exactly the same problem befell Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) in 2009. It too launched on a Taurus XL rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and again the fairing failed to separate properly.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 04 Mar 2011
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