posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 05:50 AM
A European satellite, the Cryosat, crashed into the Arctic Ocean only minutes after launching from a Russian facility. The satellite's mission was to
study changes in ice sheets in the hopes of learning more about global warming's effects. Scientists hope to be able to recover some debris to try to
learn what went wrong with the rocket, a converted Russian ICBM.
The European Space Agency has confirmed that its ice mission Cryosat has been lost off the Russian coast.
The satellite fell into the Arctic Ocean minutes after lift-off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
The £90m (135m euro) craft was designed to monitor how the Earth's ice masses are responding to climate change.
Scientists said the crash was a "tragedy" and it would be years before they could launch a similar mission, even if more funding were available.
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It's always a shame when a space mission like this fails, since so much time and resources go wasted. I do question the wisdom of using a converted
Russian nuclear missile to launch it though -- doesn't sound like the most reliable launch vehicle.