As part of the Earth Right Now campaign, a Carbon infographic was produced to highlight why we study carbon dioxide from Space.
June 30, 2014
The Carbon Quiz
How much do you know about carbon? Test your knowledge
Earth has many processes that regulate carbon, atmospheric carbon dioxide and its role in the carbon cycle and climate. How much do you know?
June 26, 2014
NASA's OCO-2 will track our impact on airborne carbon
Every time we get in a car and drive, we burn gasoline, releasing carbon dioxide and other compounds into the air and disturbing Earth's climate. Our use of fossil fuels continues to increase exponentially, with more than half of all fossil fuels ever used by humans being consumed in the last 20 years.
June 25, 2014
NASA's OCO-2 Observatory Ready for Launch
The launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1.
June 24, 2014
Mike Gunson: Data, data, data
Dr. Mike Gunson has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1987. He started out working on the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Experiment (ATMOS), which was designed to study the composition of the atmosphere in detail.
June 13, 2014
Dave Crisp: Man on a mission
As leader of the mission’s Science Team, Dr. Dave Crisp lives, breathes and eats OCO-2. He helped put together the original idea for the OCO mission and has been working tirelessly since 2000 on the project. Crisp led the team that designed, developed and delivered the mission to the launch pad.
June 12, 2014
“Carbon Copy” Spacecraft Ready to Track Global Carbon Dioxide
On February 24, 2009, the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission — designed to study the global fate of carbon dioxide — resulted in failure. Shortly after launch, the rocket nose didn’t separate as expected, and the satellite could not be released.
But now, a carbon copy of the original mission, called OCO-2 is slated to launch on July 1, 2014.
June 12, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
Annmarie Eldering: Making good science happen
Dr. Annmarie Eldering has been with the OCO-2 mission since 2010, and has been collaborating with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab since she was a gradate student at neighboring Caltech in 1990.
May 30, 2014
Obama to target power plants' carbon dioxide emissions
Chicago - On Monday, President Obama plans to unveil what is likely to be the most significant initiative of his presidency to combat climate change: a new rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the country's single greatest source of the heat-trapping gas.
When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.
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