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2014-04-04 16:20:23

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation now is open for U.S. and international news media interested in covering the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California -- the second of NASA's five Earth science missions to launch in 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO OCO-2 is scheduled to launch at 2:56 a.m. PDT July 1 from Space Launch Complex 2 on a United Launch Alliance Delta...

Orbiting Carbon Observatory
2014-04-03 09:18:15

By Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team Simply by breathing, humans have played a small part in the planet-wide balancing act called the carbon cycle throughout our existence. However, in the last few hundred years, we have taken a larger role. Our activities, such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation, are pushing the cycle out of its natural balance, adding more and more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Natural processes are working hard to keep the carbon cycle in...

corn belt magnitude of fluorescence
2014-04-01 05:15:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, data returned from satellite sensors shows that the Midwest has more photosynthetic activity than any other region of the planet, according to a recent NASA report. School children are taught that plants convert light to energy through the process of photosynthesis. What is less known, however, is that chlorophyll also emits a fraction of the absorbed light as fluorescent glow, which...

NASA 5 Missions In 2014
2014-01-23 10:14:55

[ Watch the Video: NASA's Earth Sciences Missions For 2014 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is planning to launch five scientific missions in 2014 – marking the first time the space agency has had this many launches over the course of a single year in over a decade. The five launches will include two to the International Space Station (ISS), airborne missions to the poles and hurricanes, the expansion of advanced sensor technologies, and the use of both...

2014-01-22 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year for NASA Earth science researchers, who also will conduct airborne campaigns to...

Carbon Dioxide Observatory Spacecraft Placed In Vacuum Chamber In Preps For Launch
2013-12-26 03:31:31

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) was recently placed into a thermal vacuum chamber to prepare for its launch in July 2014. The OCO-2 is a craft that will orbit the Earth and take high-resolution data of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. It was prepped and tested at the Orbital Sciences Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Arizona. In late November the OCO-2 was placed into the vacuum chamber to confirm the...

NASA Hosts Social Media Event For Earth Science
2013-10-30 07:49:43

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory One-hundred people from 22 U.S. states and some foreign countries will attend a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The attendees, who follow NASA and JPL on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks, will tour JPL, participate in interactive events and hear from scientists and engineers about current and upcoming space- and Earth-observing missions. Attendees will share their...

2013-09-28 23:04:54

Taylor and Jack Hein from Fruita, CO, attend online high school while their mom teaches online AP English Language and Composition. Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 Taylor and Jack Hein are both student athletes from Fruita, CO, that attend Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO). Taylor is a freshman and competitive soccer player that has recently been invited to the October two-day tryouts for the Colorado Youth-14 Olympic Development Program. A team will be selected...

NASA Inviting Social Media Fans To Earth Science Event
2013-09-17 07:27:04

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA is inviting its social media followers to apply for participation in a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The event will highlight NASA and JPL's role in studying Earth and its climate and will preview three Earth-observing missions JPL is preparing for launch in 2014. The event will offer people who connect with NASA through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks the...

CO2 On The Rise Satellite Images
2013-09-04 13:04:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report says satellite observations have shown that carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has continued to increase, despite global efforts to curb emissions. Ten years of data taken from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Envisat mission and Japan's Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) show that carbon dioxide increased by about 0.5 percent every year between 2003 and 2013. The measurements also show that methane began...