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  • Satellite data shows largest CO2 increase comes from Earth’s tropics

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 16th, 2017

    Data collected by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, launched in 2014 to measure changing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) worldwide, indicate Earth's tropics have been the largest sources of recent CO2 emissions.

  • OCO-2 Records First Carbon Measurements

    SpaceFlight InsiderAugust 14th, 2014

    A little over a month ago, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base to take the lead position in the International Afternoon Constellation of Earth-observing satellites, more commonly referred to as the “A-Train”. OCO-2 has the distinction of being the first spacecraft exclusively studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. Recently, the spacecraft recorded […]

  • OCO-2 satellite successfully launched to ‘A-Train’ orbit

    Rae Botsford EndJuly 2nd, 2014

    NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2 ) successfully made it to orbit this morning, July 2, to get a better picture of global carbon dioxide amounts. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the satellite launched right at the beginning of a 30-second launch window at 2:56:23 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT, 0956 GMT), from […]

  • OCO-2 launch scrubbed due to pad issue

    Rae Botsford EndJuly 1st, 2014

    Those who didn’t wake up to watch the 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT, 0956 GMT) launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) this morning can rest easy knowing they’ll get a second chance, as the launch was scrubbed due to a pad water flow issue.

  • NASA to launch OCO-2 early this Tuesday from California

    Rae Botsford EndJune 30th, 2014

    Early on Tuesday, July 1, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) spacecraft should take to the skies atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA ) Delta II rocket to get a better picture of global carbon dioxide levels. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT, 0956 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at […]

  • Earth’s first selfie

    Heather SmithMay 26th, 2014

    In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, NASA asked “Where are you on Earth Right Now?”  Receiving 36,422 individual photos from people on every continent, including 113 countires and regions, NASA created the “Global Selfie” mosaic which was released almost a month later. The photos were posted  with the tag #GlobalSelfie on popular social media websites […]

  • OCO-2 Observatory Conducts Environmental Tests

    NASADecember 26th, 2013

    NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 spacecraft is moved into a thermal vacuum chamber at Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Ariz., for a series of environmental tests. The tests confirmed the integrity of the observatory’s electrical connections and subjected the OCO-2 instrument and spacecraft to the extreme hot, cold and airless environment they […]