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Climate-Tracker Satellite Crashes During Launch

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

A NASA satellite designed to study global warming crashed into the Pacific Ocean this morning. It happened shortly after it was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This is the second failure of a climate-satellite launch in two years, as we hear from NPR's Richard Harris.

RICHARD HARRIS: But the rocket that was carrying Glory toward orbit this morning failed to release the satellite properly. Program scientist Hal Maring says the satellite apparently plunged into the ocean around Antarctica.

HAL MARING: While this is a significant loss, we do have 13 fully-operating satellite missions in Earth science right now. So it isn't like we've come to a screeching halt.

HARRIS: Richard Harris, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.