NASA's Glory Satellite Crashes in Pacific; Agency Blames Nose Cone

NASA's Glory satellite, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California before dawn Friday, crashed in the Pacific Ocean, apparently when the nose cone on its Taurus XL rocket failed to open as planned. Glory was a $424 million mission intended to measure the effect of dust and soot in the atmosphere on global climate change. Scientists believe such airborne particles act as a sort of sunscreen, cooling the planet slightly, but they wanted to measure the effect more precisely. Now...Full Story
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