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Astra’s NASA mission suffers failure, loss of weather satellites

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WASHINGTON — Rocket firm Astra Space’s mission to send tiny weather-monitoring NASA satellites to orbit on Sunday failed after a second-stage booster engine shut down early in space, according to the company’s livestream of the mission.

The failure occurred roughly 10 minutes after a successful liftoff of Astra’s Rocket 3.3 from a launchpad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

“We had a nominal first-stage flight. However, the upper-stage engine did shutdown early and we did not deliver our payloads to orbit,” said Astra’s livestream commentator Amanda Durk Frye. (Reporting by Joey Roulette; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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