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A NASA investigation team is trying to determine why a protective nose cone failed to detach during the launching of a climate satellite on Tuesday morning, dooming the $278 million mission and leaving scientists without a much-anticipated advance in the tracking of global carbon dioxide emissions.
The third and fourth stages burned properly, but because of the added weight of the nose cone, the rocket did not accelerate as much as necessary
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by spec_ops_wannabe
The purpose of the satellite was to measure CO2 levels. If CO2 levels are not rising it would have helped to demonstrate that.
Originally posted by sunny_2008ny
This is indeed perplexing and sad for NASA who we believe have perfected space tecnology by now.