The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the main human-produced driver of climate change.

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The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the main human-produced driver of climate change.

The Observatory will collect hundreds of thousands of measurements each day, providing a global description of the atmospheric carbon dioxide distribution with unprecedented coverage and resolution.

OCO-2 will provide new insights into the sources emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the processes at Earth's surface that absorb this gas.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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