PIA11233: Artist's Concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
 Mission:  Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
 Spacecraft:  Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)
 Product Size:  1434 x 830 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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This image is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO).

On February 24, 2009, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 1:55 a.m. PST liftoff Tuesday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate. The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere.

A Mishap Investigation Board will be immediately convened to determine the cause of the launch failure.

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