OCO’s launch failure is a blow to global warming research
NASA is scrambling to decide what to do next after a launch failure robbed scientists of their best instrument for tracking a buildup of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most commonly associated with global warming. The agency has named Goddard Space Flight Deputy Director Rick Obenschain to lead an investigation into the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) on Feb. 24. The 972-lb. spacecraft was lost when the clamshell payload fairing on an Orbital Sciences ...
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