Photo: NASA Satellite Crashes Back to Earth



NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (top inset in an artist's conception) successfully launched on February 24, 2009 (bottom inset).

But shortly after liftoff, the rocket carrying the carbon-monitoring satellite—seen at right on the launch pad—suffered a technical glitch that caused the craft to crash back to Earth.

Right-hand photograph of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on the launch pad on Feb 20, 2009: Courtesy Randy Beaudoin/NASA; Upper-left artist's concept of the OCO in space: Courtesy NASA/JPL; Lower-left video still of the OCO launch: Courtesy NASA TV


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