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Nasa CO2 satellite lands in ocean after launch

A US satellite to monitor global carbon dioxide emissions failed to reach orbit early Tuesday and crashed into the ocean near Antarctica, says an official at a Nasa press conference.

By:AGENCIES
| Updated on: Feb 24 2009, 23:33 IST

A US satellite to monitor global carbon dioxide emissions failed to reach orbit early Tuesday and crashed into the ocean near Antarctica, an official said at a Nasa press conference.

"The vehicle... landed just short of Antarctica in the ocean," announced John Brunschwyler, program director for the Taurus launch rocket at the private company Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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"Several minutes into the flight of the Taurus rocket carrying Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory spacecraft, launch managers declared a contingency after the payload fairing failed to separate," the space agency said earlier in a statement.

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The $278 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory was going to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and to determine what happens to the climate-changing pollutant.

The rocket carried hydrazine fuel but Nasa officials said they had no indication that any part of the rocket or satellite posed a threat to anyone.

It is Nasa's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide. In January, Japan launched a satellite on a similar mission.

Carbon dioxide is the leading greenhouse gas driving climate change.

However "several minutes into the flight, launch managers declared a contingency when the fairing failed to separate properly," Nasa said in a brief statement.

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First Published Date: 24 Feb, 23:27 IST
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