Tuesday, July 1, 2014

OCO-2 launch delayed


today at our FMI office we were gathered to watch the launch of OCO-2 from NASA TV. This was actually the second time, since the launch of the first version failed in 2009. Just 46 seconds before the launch, a failure in the launch pad water flow was found. Not cool.

Now we have to just wait and see what happens next.

See "Five Things about OCO-2" to learn more this instrument.
OCO-2 is NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate.
 Also BBC article "Nasa satellite to seek 'missing carbon'" is interesting:
The $468m (£275m) OCO-2 mission is going to trace the global geographic distribution of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - to try to identify precisely where it is emitted and absorbed. 


The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at 5:56 a.m. EDT (2:56 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
See it live: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

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