NASA to launch carbon satellite 5 years after launch failure

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Updated: 6/30 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.

 

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