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Nasa Earth observation satellite launch fails

4 March 2011 Last updated at 12:15 GMT

Nasa's attempt to launch its latest Earth observation mission has ended in failure.

The Glory satellite lifted off from California on a mission to gather new data on factors that influence the climate.

As these pictures show, about six minutes into the flight officials became aware of a problem.

Glory's protective fairing on the rocket had not detached, making the vehicle too heavy and therefore too slow to achieve its intended 700km orbit.