NASA creates new climate-science mission

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NASA is the world leader in Earth and climate research, and it’s now confirmed its commitment to that position. The space agency has just announced a brand new, long-term, first-of-its-kind mission to study vegetation health and greenhouse gases from a satellite in space.

It’s called the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, or GeoCARB, and it will launch on a commercial communications satellite to observe the Americas from a distance of around 35,400 kilometres, or 22,000 miles. From this position, it will monitor plant health and vegetation stress, and study in close detail the processes that control carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane.

Composite image of the Americas as seen by night, assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite.

Photo by NASA Earth Observatory image…

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