30 Jun '14, 4pm

Tomorrow, NASA is launching the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 to solve the missing carbon mystery

Tomorrow, NASA is launching the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 to solve the missing carbon mystery

This is the second version, after the first failed in 2009 The original Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) satellite was launched by a Taurus XL rocket in February 2009, but the launch was a failure and OCO never reached orbit. It's a real shame, because the costly piece of sophisticated equipment ($273 million for the whole launch) was supposed to be NASA's first satellite dedicated to studying carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from space. Fast-forward to 2014, and a carbon copy (ha!) of the original OCO, unsurprisingly called OCO-2, will be launched on from California on a Delta 2 rocket on July 1, 2014 at 2:56 AM (in about 17 hours, as of this writing). If all goes well this time, OCO-2 will help us better understand our planet and hopefully solve the 'missing carbon' mystery.Scientists are very good at keeping track of how much carbon is emitted into the atmosphere...

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