Story reported by Anne Minard. Produced by Sadie Babits.

 

The launch of the satellite “Glory” started like any other lift off with the traditional ten second count down. Boulder based scientist Greg Kopp was in NASA’s control room in California last week to watch his own work go up into space. Three minutes later, the 424 million dollar satellite crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Glory was designed to study climate change. Kopp and his team built one of the main instruments on board at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder. It was called the Total Irradiance  Monitor or TIM for short. Ryan Warner talks with Kopp about what TIM was supposed to do.

 

(photo credit: NASA/VAFB)