Thursday, June 3, 2010

Houston, we have a problem

  We lost the Cryosat 1, which was to monitor changes in polar ice thickness, to a malfunction on the Russian launchpad in 2005, now we lose the CO2 hunter -- climate skeptics must be delighted that we'll now have to wait even longer to get the definitive data. Isn't it weird that we don't seem to have such failures for... trivial telecom satellite deployments. Gremlins?

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Officials said the fairing - the part of the rocket which covers the satellite on top of the launcher - did not separate properly.

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