the John Young(astronaut, Gemini, Apollo,) book Forever Young, popped into a link on the
net that followed over to this,
the orbiting observatory is now orbiting,OCO-2,
' The blast-off was particularly difficult to get right because US rocket boffins only had a 30-second window to get the sat into orbit to join the A-Train, a constellation of five international Earth-observing crafts that fly in close formation, constantly monitoring the planet.
OCO-2 is now the best carbon dioxide monitoring satellite in orbit by a long way, capable of taking up to 100,000 useful readings per day. The next best only returns around 500 measurements a day that are totally unimpeded by cloud cover.
Boffins hope that OCO-2’s data can offer clarity on just how much impact human activity has on carbon dioxide production and the processes the gas undergoes in the atmosphere, which will hopefully help lead to some answers on if and how we can do something about climate change. ®
it went up from Vandenberg,
and we're still learning from system probe, Cassini, and it's photography,
Edited by offworlder, 03 July 2014 - 11:48 AM.