CryoSat : Plouf

I had missed that one and had to discover it the old-fashioned way, in a magazine : CryoSat, an ESA mission aiming to monitor the impact of climate change on the ice polar caps, came to a brutal end on october 8th when the satellite crashed into the sea. The official explanation is an “anomaly in the launch sequence”, ie we don’t know why.
This sucks, and not only because of the 135,000,000 euros the satellite cost to build. The data would have been the source of new insights into the climate system. Ah well. Let’s hope another earth monitoring mission will not suffer the same fate 🙂

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