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2009-02-25 15:07:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the investigation board for the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on Feb. 24. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The Mishap Investigation Board, or MIB, will have four other members. NASA will announce the names of additional members as they become available. The board will gather...

2009-02-24 07:31:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Tuesday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate. The fairing is a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere. A Mishap Investigation...

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2009-02-24 10:00:00

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory failed to reach orbit after liftoff Tuesday morning. The satellite took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California just before 2 a.m., but the Taurus XL launch rocket's fairing - a clamshell structure that encapsulates the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere - failed to separate, according to preliminary reports from NASA.  During a press briefing, NASA said the error occurred during the burning of the second stage. The third and...

2009-02-23 13:32:00

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand spectrometers will enable scientists to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations throughout Earth's atmosphere during NASA's upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission. The mission is being led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The spectrometers, designed by Hamilton Sundstrand's Energy, Space & Defense facility in Pomona,...

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2009-02-23 10:10:00

Researchers have great expectations for the soon-to-launch NASA satellite that will provide an unprecedented map of carbon dioxide emissions on Earth. Slated to launch on Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will give scientists a more accurate depiction of concentrations of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Ground-based carbon dioxide monitoring efforts can only provide so much information, and NASA believes its orbiting observatory will...

2009-02-20 10:36:15

As the concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere continues to rise, so also does public awareness, as well as efforts to find solutions to this global problem. Increasing concentrations of this potent greenhouse gas threaten to alter Earth's climate in ways that will have profound impacts on the welfare and productivity of society and Earth's ecosystems. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Charles David...

2009-02-19 17:00:41

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...

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2009-02-18 07:35:00

The launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, aboard a Taurus XL rocket is scheduled for Feb. 24. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., is set for 1:51:30 a.m. PST during a 4-and-a-half-minute launch window. The spacecraft's final polar orbit will be 438 miles. OCO is NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate. OCO...

2009-02-16 09:23:39

The global travel logs of greenhouse gases are based on atmospheric sampling locations sprinkled over the Earth and short towers that measure the uptake or release of carbon from a small patch of forest. But those measurements don't agree with current computer models of how plants and soils behave. A University of Michigan researcher is developing a unique way to reconcile these crucial data. "If we're going to adapt to climate change, we need to be able to predict what the climate will be,"...

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2009-02-10 20:10:00

The challenge: very precisely measure carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere all over the world, especially near Earth's surface. For Orbiting Carbon Observatory Principal Investigator David Crisp of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and his team, the logical solution was an Earth-orbiting spacecraft. But shopping for a science instrument that could accomplish these objectives was no easy task. In this case, "shopping" meant finding the right technology to meet the mission's...


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