On Friday March 4, 2011 the Nasa satellite they were putting up to study the effect of airborne particles crashes after launch. WTF? NASA’s Glory $424 million dolar satellite failed to reach orbit after its launch on Friday. The Glory satellite was designed to assist scientists in the observation and study of how the Sun, solar radiation, and aerosols (particles of matter in the Earths atmosphere) affect the climate of the Earth. This is the ninth time the Taurus XL rocket has been used to launch a satellite into orbit; it is the third time it has failed. The manufacturer of the rocket has released a statement saying that it is to soon after the rockets failure to accurately identify whether or not this is the same problem encountered in other launch attempts. An Orbital Sciences representative, Barron Beneski said, “Obviously, this is a terrific disappointment and we feel bad for letting NASA … down.” NASA has reportedly paid Orbital Sciences $54 million to launch the satellite. Currently, the Taurus XL lies somewhere in the Pacific.