Orbiting Carbon Observatory

Orbiting Carbon Observatory Orbiting Carbon Observatory

An artist's concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory flying over Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Mission Summary

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, was designed to make space-based observations of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere to better understand the characteristics of climate change. However, the mission failed soon after launch when the launch vehicle's fairing did not separate from the spacecraft.

A replacement spacecraft, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2, is scheduled to launch July 1, 2014, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Spectrometer system

Acronym: OCO
Type: Orbiter
Status: Past
Launch Date: February 24, 2009
1:55 a.m. PST (09:50 UTC)
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Mission End Date: February 24, 2009
Target: Earth
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