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March 06, 2011

NASA's Glory Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit

A few days ago, NASA launched a TAURUS XL rocket from Vandenberg base in California in an attempt to reach Earth's orbit and improve our understanding about the Earth's climate. However, the protective shell atop did not separate as expected only 3 minutes after its launch.

Although it would have provided the researchers at NASA insights on the sun, aerosols and their effects on Earth's climate, the mission was not successful. This relates to what we are currently learning in Astro101 regarding the various types of satellites/rockets/ missions we launch in space. For example, one type of object that is launched is powered by only enough fuel to reach a certain orbit and then the orbit carries that object for the rest of its time in space.

More about TAURUS XL at:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110304090238.htm

Posted by aarthi at March 6, 2011 10:06 AM

Comments

This reminds me the topic we covered the recently, where should we choose a place to land spaceship

Posted by: yuxuansh at April 1, 2011 03:33 PM

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