Vandenberg launches carbon dioxide measuring satellite

July 2, 2014

vandenberg air forceAn unmanned rocket carrying a satellite to study carbon dioxide was successfully launched early Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

At a cost of $468 million, the mission is to collect global measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. This marks NASA’s first mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide.

From its orbit of 438 miles above the Earth, the satellite is slated to collect hundreds of thousands of measurements every day. Every 16 days, its path will take it over the same areas so that scientists can detect patterns in carbon dioxide levels over weeks, months and years.


3 Comments

  1. SLOTECH90 says:

    Strange responses from some posters. That nice car you have in the garage/driveway has several dozen sensors which monitor many systems on the vehicle and are designed to keepthe engine and you both maximally efficient and safe, but when science attempts to use sensors to monitor the “systems” on the only planet we have it is called “a waste of money.”

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  2. Perspicacious says:

    What a waste of money!

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  3. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    If they wanted to save money and measure something with a lot of hot air and full of gas, they could have stuck it up the posterior of a politician.

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