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12.09.08
 
artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. The mission, scheduled to launch in February 2013, will be the first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the principal human-produced driver of climate change. It will provide the first global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide and the places where this important greenhouse gas is stored. Such information will improve global carbon cycle models as well as forecasts of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and of how our climate may change in the future. Image credit: NASA/JPL

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