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NASA launches orbiter to measure Earth’s carbon dioxide

July 3, 2014

NASA has launched its Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, on a mission to measure carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere, Anadolu news agency reported.

The OCO-2 successfully lifted off on a Delta II rocket on Wednesday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, a day after its launch was postponed just 46 seconds before its scheduled blast-off because of a technical problem in the launch pad’s water system.

It will reach its final orbit 705 km above the Earth in around six weeks on a mission to assess quantities of CO2 : seen as one of the major causes of global climate change and the greenhouse effect.

The two-year mission will cost NASA$468 million.

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Source: Daily Patriot (Pakistan)

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