Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The way things break

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory crashed before orbital injection. Evidently the cowling did not detach.

There is some talk of cobbling another one together about of spare parts, but even that would take time and money


Anonymous said...

I love how NASA characterizes the whole thing: "Unsuccessful launch" "Failed to reach orbit".

I'm sure Dick Cheney, George Bush and pals are probably grief- stricken.

They'll probably watch the video of the "unsuccessful launch" over and over with popcorn and beer. Nothing better to do now (thank the Lard for small favors)

NASA Names Chairman for Investigation
02.25.09 -- NASA's Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the investigation board for the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on Feb. 24.
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NASA's Launch of Carbon-Seeking Satellite Is Unsuccessful
02.24.09 -- 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.
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Anonymous said...

RE: post title

Way to catch a guy's eye. :) I brought Ethon a snack.

Anonymous said...

On the bright side, JAXA reports on its Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT) acquiring "first light".

Anonymous said...

There is another satellite which claims to be able to monitor greenhouse gases. Anyone know of any results from the University of Toronto's CANX-2?