NASA to launch carbon satellite 5 years after launch failure

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 6/30/2014 2:37 pm

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA will try again to launch a satellite designed to track global warming, five years after the original crashed into the ocean after liftoff.

This time, however, the space agency is using a different rocket.

The satellite is set to be launched early Tuesday aboard a Delta 2 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA was dealt a setback in 2009 when a Taurus XL rocket carrying a near-twin crashed into the ocean off Antarctica minutes after launch. Investigators later determined a piece of rocket hardware protecting the satellite did not separate as planned, preventing the satellite from reaching orbit.

The replacement, called Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, is designed to track carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind climate change. There aren't many satellites solely dedicated to studying the greenhouse gas.


©2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!

Featured Segments/Shows

All content © Copyright 2015 Intermountain West Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.