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NASA's $400 Million Glory Satellite Lost in Pacific Ocean

There was no glory for NASA's Glory satellite today. A rocket that blasted off early Friday carrying the $424 million Earth-observation satellite Glory failed to reach orbit, NASA said, and has most likely crashed into the ocean. In a press conference Friday morning, Omar Baez, NASA launch director, voiced the space agency's worries about the fate of Glory."All indications are that the satellite and rocket are in the southern Pacific Ocean," Baez said.Rich Straka of Orbital Sciences Corp. , the private company responsible for the satellite and launch, had few details to add. "Right now we're crunching the data, but there really isn't enough data to say anything more than the fairing didn't separate," Straka said.Ron Grabe, executive vice president with the company, described it as a "tough night for all of us." The teams involved are devastated, Grabe said, comparing this latest loss to a similar incident in 2009, when NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission also failed.Unlike...

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    Glory satellite lost after failed launch attempt

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