Orbiting Carbon Observatory

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Orbiting Carbon Obseratory
Orbiting Carbon Observatory.jpg
What the satellite would look like in orbit
Organization: Orbital Sciences
Mission type: Climatology
Launch date: 2009-02-24, 09:20 GMT
Launch site: Vandenberg LC-576E
Carrier rocket: Taurus-XL 3110
Mission duration: 5 minutes
Planned: 2 years

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) was a NASA satellite mission that was supposed to provide world-wide observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. (CO2). It was lost in a launch failure on February 24, 2009, when the box of the Taurus rocket which was carrying it failed to come off during launch.[1] The added weight of the box it was in prevented the satellite from reaching its intended speed and height.[2] After that it fell back into the atmosphere and crashed[3] into the Indian Ocean near Antarctica.[4] Rocket was lit at 09:55:30 GMT.[5]

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