Satellite fails to reach orbital destination: NASA

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 4:10 PM

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - A rocket carrying the Glory Earth-observing satellite launched on Friday but failed to place the satellite into orbit, NASA said on Friday.

The space agency said a protective covering on the Taurus XL rocket did not separate as planned three minutes after launch at 5:09 a.m. EST/1009 GMT. NASA gave no details of the failure but scheduled a news conference for 8 a.m./1300 GMT.

The Glory satellite was to have provided scientists information on how the sun and atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

The satellite and rocket were both built by Orbital Sciences Corp.

(Editing by Bill Trott)