Taurus XL, Vandenberg AFB, CA

February 24, 2009, 1:55am PST

Exposure: 80 seconds, f/5.6
Film: ISO 160
Lens: Fuji S2, DSLR, Vivitar 17mm.
Location: Winchester Canyon Road, Goleta, CA.

A Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to reach orbit this morning. The rocket was carrying NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite. However, the payload and launch vehicle failed to separate, thus failing to put the satellite into orbit.

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