California, Feb 25: NASA's first mission, Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) to measure carbon dioxide on earth from space has failed due to a rocket malfunction. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory was intended to be able to pinpoint the key locations on our planet's surface where the gas is being emitted and absorbed.
The officials said that the mission was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, Feb 24. The part of the rocket which covers the satellite on top of the rocket - failed to separate properly and crashed into Antarctica.
Rick Haenke, Taurus Vehicle Engineer, said there was a 'contingency' and said that NASA was still trying to evaluate what is wrong.