Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Satellite launch delayed by gravity

CAPE CANAVERAL - The Navy's test of a Vanguard rocket went awry 49 years ago when the first stage failed to build sufficient thrust to overcome gravity, which caused an indefinite delay of both rocket and payload.

"We factored gravity into every one of our calculations, but it jumped up to bite us," said lead rocket scientist Jim Luckett. "We can wait for the weather to clear, but we have not yet been able to mitigate the overwhelming, pervasive influence of Earth's pull."
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