Posted by Christi Reynard - email
VANDENBER, CA (WAVE) - NASA hasn't called it a failed mission yet, but a few minutes after launching its new earth-observing satellite, the space agency reported a problem.
After the launch, reported live on WAVE3 Sunrise, the part of the four stage rocket didn't separate. Now the Taurus rocket doesn't have enough speed to get into orbit.
NASA is looking for clues as to what led to this problem.
A week ago there was a glitch and the mission was delayed.
Glory is carrying instruments to measure aerosols in Earth's atmosphere, to provide scientists with data on how those tiny particles are affecting the planet's climate. It cost more than $400 million.
NASA will report on the mission's contingency plan at 8 a.m.