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NASA makes second attempt to launch CO2-measuring satellite
NASA makes second attempt to launch CO2-measuring satellite

Five years after a launch malfunction destroyed its twin, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is slated to blast off from the California coast Tuesday, becoming the nation's first satellite to exclusively monitor the greenhouse gas. The mission of the $465-million spacecraft is to measure and map carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and provide scientists with a better understanding of how the Earth's oceans, soils and forests absorb CO2, and whether that ability is changing. "We really don't have a lot of data right now to understand the uptake of carbon by these terrestrial ecosystems," said OCO-2 science team member Paul Wennberg, a professor of...

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