Vandenberg launches carbon dioxide measuring satellite
July 2, 2014
An 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.