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Space Observatory to Study Carbon Conundrums

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New NASA Space Observatory to Study Carbon Conundrums

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as carbon dioxide's "sinks," the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled out of Earth's atmosphere and stored. Carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth's carbon cycle, is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.

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OCO-2: NASA's Carbon Counter

NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help us understand how fast it will build up in the future.

Credit: NASA/JPL

Source: NASA/JPL - Videos

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ScienceCasts: NASA to Launch Carbon Observatory

Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more.

NASA is about to launch a satellite dedicated to the study of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) will quantify global CO2 sources and sinks, and help researchers predict the future of climate change.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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