Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Jul, 2014 | 3:58 pm

Nasa has just launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth’s surface where the gas is being emitted and absorbed.

A Delta rocket carrying the satellite lifted clear of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 02:56 local time (09:56 GMT; 10:56 BST).

The ride to orbit is expected to take just under the hour.

The launch was delayed a day after Tuesday’s countdown was aborted due to the failure of the water system used to dampen the noise and vibration generated by the rocket’s first-stage engine and strap-on boosters.

OCO-2 carries the “2” designation because it is a replacement for a spacecraft that was destroyed on launch in 2009.

The new $468m ($275m) mission should operate for at least two years.

 

 

Source: BBC

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