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Satellite Glory fails to reach orbit after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

March 4, 2011 |  9:31 am

Call it a case of failure to reach orbit.

A nine-story rocket carrying a satellite named Glory and launched from Vandenberg Air Force base north of Santa Barbara on Friday likely fell into the South Pacific, NASA said in a statement.

The protectice shell atop the rocket did not separate and the satellite did not enter orbit. That should have occurred three minutes after launch.

Read more about the failed Glory launch on the Times' Technology blog.


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Photo: The Taurus XL rocket that blasted off carrying NASA's Glory satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Friday March 4, 2011 failed to reach orbit. Credit: Bryan Walton / Santa Maria Times