February 19, 2009

NASA Plans Orbiting Carbon Observatory Post-launch Media Briefing

NASA will hold a media briefing at 9 a.m. EST on the day the Orbiting Carbon Observatory spacecraft launches. The observatory is set to launch Feb. 24 at 4:51 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The briefing will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington.  

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, is NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide. The mission will map the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving climate changes, and study how that distribution changes over time.

Briefing panelists at Headquarters and Vandenberg are:

- Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Chuck Dovale, NASA launch director, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
- Ralph Basilio, OCO deputy project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
- Jack Kaye, associate director for research, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters


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