January 22, 2009

Briefing To Be Held By NASA On New Global Carbon Dioxide Mission

NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. EST to discuss the upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission, the first NASA spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide. The televised briefing will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington.

Set for launch Feb. 23 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the experimental Orbiting Carbon Observatory will map the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.

The briefing participants are:

  • Eric Ianson, Orbiting Carbon Observatory program executive, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • David Crisp, Orbiting Carbon Observatory principal investigator, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Charles Miller, Orbiting Carbon Observatory deputy principal investigator, JPL
  • Ralph Basilio, Orbiting Carbon Observatory deputy project manager, JPL
  • Anna Michalak, Orbiting Carbon Observatory science team member, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Image Caption: This is an artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. The mission, scheduled to launch in early 2009, will be the first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the principal human-produced driver of climate change. It will provide the first global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide and the places where this important greenhouse gas is stored. Such information will improve global carbon cycle models as well as forecasts of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and of how our climate may change in the future. Image credit: NASA/JPL


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