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Mar 4, 2011 6:58 PM by Bethany Tucker, KSBY News

NASA 'devastated' by failed satellite launch from Vandenberg

NASA has begun the process of creating a Mishap Investigation Board to figure out what went wrong with Friday morning's launch of an environmental satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Crews who had worked on the Glory satellite mission say they're upset the mission was a failure. "The launch team, the spacecraft team, both the industry and the NASA side, I think it's not an understatement to say that tonight we're all pretty devastated," said Ron Grabe, General Manager of Orbital Sciences Corp.

The Taurus XL rocket launched from Vandenberg AFB just after 2:00a.m. Friday. But just minutes after the launch, NASA announced the Glory satellite was not able to make it into orbit. The space agency says a protective shell on top of the rocket didn't come off. That means the satellite wasn't able to break away from the rocket.

The mission cost $424 million.

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