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NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory and its Taurus booster lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A contingency was declared a few minutes later.
Anatomy of a Mishap Investigation

By Rick Obenschain   On February 24, 2009, a Taurus XL launch vehicle carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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What GOES Around, Comes Around

By Rick Obenschain I was managing the Earth Observing Systems (EOS) platforms project at Goddard Space Flight Center, and I wasn’t looking for a new job.

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