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NASA Names Mishap Board For Taurus XL Launch Failure Investigation

The Glory spacecraft failed to reach orbit after liftoff aboard a Taurus XL rocket on March 4 at 5:09 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California.

NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful March 4 launch of the Glory spacecraft. Bradley C. Flick, director of the Research and Engineering Directorate at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., will lead the mishap investigation board.

The board began its investigation Wednesday. Members will gather information, analyze the facts, identify the failure's cause or causes and identify contributing factors. The board will make recommendations to the NASA administrator to prevent similar incidents.

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Press Releases

03.04.11 - NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board
03.04.11 - Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit
02.24.11 - NASA Assessing New Launch Dates For The Glory Mission
02.23.11 - NASA Schedules Next Glory Mission Launch Attempt
02.23.11 - NASA Postpones Launch Of Glory Mission
02.22.11 - Next Step In NASA Climate Studies Set To Launch
02.16.11 - Glory Promises New View of Perplexing Particles
02.10.11 - With A-List Help, Glory to Unravel Aerosol Uncertainties
02.10.11 - Glory Climate Satellite Ready For Launch
02.08.11 - Taurus XL Ready to Launch Glory Spacecraft
01.20.11 - Glory to Study Key Pieces of the Climate Puzzle
01.11.10 - Glory Satellite Arrives At Vandenberg Air Force Base for Launch
01.13.10 - Media Briefing About Next Earth Science Mission
11.22.10 - Glory Team Overcomes Engineering Obstacles
11.02.10 - Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact

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