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Nasa's first mission to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) from space appears to have failed after a rocket malfunction.
Officials said the fairing - the part of the rocket which covers the satellite on top of the launcher - had failed to separate properly.
If the finding is confirmed, the mission will be lost.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) was intended to help pinpoint the key locations on our planet's surface where the gas is being emitted and absorbed.
The $270m mission was launched on a Taurus XL - the smallest ground-launched rocket currently in use by the US space agency. It is capable of launching a 1,300kg payload into orbit.
The rocket has flown eight times, with two failures including this launch.