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12.11.08
artist concept of Orbiting Carbon Observatory

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory is the first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the main human-produced driver of climate change.

The satellite will provide the first global picture of human and natural sources of carbon dioxide and will find places on Earth where it is stored.

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory will collect millions of measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide every 16 days, providing uniform global coverage.

Animation credit: NASA/JPL

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