Not exactly the best craft to lose, considering it's primary mission. After a pretty good launch rate for NASA lately, this is a setback. :-(
I wonder if they could have provided a little extra lift to this, just in case it was needed, and how much extra cost that would have entailed. Maybe they're cutting too many corners on these missions.
RIP Glory ...
[Red faces at NASA as Glory satellite crashes into the ocean] - March 5, 2011 - Mailonline
A rocket carrying the Glory Earth-observing satellite launched yesterday but failed to place the satellite into orbit, sending both plummeting into the Pacific.
NASA said a protective covering on the Taurus XL rocket did not separate as planned three minutes after launch at 2.09am local time ... cont. at link above