Kennedy News

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington

Alan Buis
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Feb. 24, 2009
RELEASE : 09-039
NASA's Launch Of Carbon-Seeking Satellite Is Unsuccessful
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Tuesday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate. The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere.

A Mishap Investigation Board will be immediately convened to determine the cause of the launch failure.

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