NASA launch FAIL: Rocket crashes into the Pacific Ocean [Video]

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Dec 14, 2012

NASA's Glory satellite was shot into the air this morning to begin a three-year mission to analyze how airborne particles affect Earth's climate—but that mission never got a chance to begin, its short trip ending a few minutes after lift-off when the rocket carrying it crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

The Taurus XL rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but a protective shell didn't come off the satellite as it should have about three minutes after launch, which meant the spacecraft couldn't achieve the velocity it needed to reach orbit.

Check out the launch—and the announcement of the first signs of trouble—below.

(via Huffington Post)