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With One Space Observatory Down, NASA Uses Another to Map CO2

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avatar With One Space Observatory Down, NASA Uses Another to Map CO2
December 17, 2009 05:05PM
SAN FRANCISCO—The Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, was designed to monitor the movement of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere starting this year, but instead it plunged into the ocean in February due to a launch malfunction. Now an instrument on another NASA probe is enabling researchers to map atmospheric CO2, and revealing that its global distribution is surprisingly uneven, with regional variations of up to 5 percent.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=space-observatory-co2-nasa
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