A major setback for monitoring carbon dioxide emissions on the planet occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 24th February. The Orbital Carbon Observatory (OCO) failed to get to orbit and re-entered the atmosphere to crash into the Antarctic Ocean. NASA announced the failure at 1300 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) today. Everyone is devastated by the news, and it is a big blow to the scientific community as OCO was to play a big part in mapping the carbon emissions and understand where the GHGs are emitted and absorbed.

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The failure occurred in the launch vehicle, an Orbital Sciences Taurus XL, which is partly based on the Pegasus air-launched rocket that has been very successful. The Taurus fairing did not separate properly so the extra mass that the rocket carried failed to get into orbit. The last launch put two satellites into a lower than expected orbit too.

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NASA has not been able to confirm if they can build another OCO satellite and would probably need another $270 million dollars, or more, to rebuild one.


Orbital Sciences Launch Provider: http://www. orbital. com/SpaceLaunch/Taurus/

Via:www.greenmuze. соm

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