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Orbiting Carbon Observatory at Launch

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory at lift-off. A few minutes later, a contingency was declared.

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Artist Concept (2)

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

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Artist Concept (1)

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

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Keeling Curve

artist concept to visualize Keeling Curve

The Keeling Curve is a scientific icon that is, to some scientists, as famous as the double helix and E=mc2.

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Human-Generated Carbon

artist concept to visualize carbon dioxide brought by cars

Every year human activity is responsible for releasing approximately eight billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

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Mission Overview

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This animation gives an overview of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

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Flying Over Earth

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This animation shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory over Earth.

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Using Instruments

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This animation shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory using its instruments to study Earth.

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Using Instruments (Wide View)

artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

This animation shows NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory using its instruments to study Earth.

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