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Glory Satellite's Rocket Sunset

NASA/Randy Beaudoin, VAFB

The Glory satellite's Taurus XL rocket stands on Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA Names Chief for Launch Failure Investigation

NASA TV

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory and its Taurus XL booster lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Feb. 24, 2009. A contingency was declared a few minutes later.

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