Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 Science

NASA's Space Laboratory to Study CO2


NASA plans to launch world's first spacecraft the goal of which is to study the carbon dioxide. The launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will take place on February 24 at 1:51:30 a.m. PST (0951 GMT).

Every 16 days over a period of at least 2 years the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will map our planet from a height of 438 miles (705km)

According to NASA experts, the space-based measurements of atmospheric CO2, mounted on the spacecraft, will be able to create the first full image of both human and natural sources of CO2 emissions.

In addition, the measurements will provide images of the places where the carbon dioxide comes off the atmosphere and where it is stored, reports China View.

According to NASA, the information obtained from the laboratory will help reduce the level of uncertainties in prognosis on the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Besides, this data will help improve the precision of climate change predictions.

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