Since the disappointing 2009 launch anomaly, the OCO-2 project and teams have been working hard to rebuild the OCO instrument. Finally, we are looking forward to the launch of the OCO-2 mission on July 1, 2014 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The project is pleased to share with everyone, all the excitement of the upcoming launch, as well as its latest science and societal benefits. In May of 2013, the Mauna Loa location set up by Dr, Charles Keeling over 50 years ago, measured atmospheric CO2 at 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest level on human record. This news underscored the urgency and need for OCO-2 data. As our science team lead, Dr. David Crisp, likes to say, “We can only manage what we can measure!”
As the ongoing debate continues on the role of greenhouse gases in climate change, the OCO-2 project will be sharing the crucial new science that will help inform the public to separate the fact from the fiction.
OCO-2 is committed to the open communication of information and the support of education and outreach (EPO) to a broad audience. Following NASA's educational goals set forth in the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan, OCO-2 will:
- Engaging the public in NASA’s missions by providing new pathways for participation
- Inform, engage, and inspire the public by sharing NASA’s mission, challenges and results
OCO-2 will take advantage of existing funded NASA programs such as the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, and make sure our content gets into the hands of these engaged students. As several members of the OCO-2 science and management team are former teachers and professors, the OCO-2 team is especially interested in fostering teachable moments, and actively engaging our science attentive public. The team understands how cutting edge advances in research can spark the interest of students, and is eager to funnel OCO-2 data and work with the EPO team to enhance and develop educational and public outreach opportunities such as professional development workshops.
Please bookmark this page as we count down to launch. We will be posting new information and opportunities to get you engaged with our project. We are excited to have you join us on this journey.