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CO2 Satellite: NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Mission in Photos

Observatory at Vandenberg Air Force Base

NASA/JPL

The spacecraft now will undergo final tests and then be integrated on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket in preparation for a planned July 1 launch.

The CO2 Column That OCO-2 Will See

Created by Debbi McLean/GSFC JPL/NASA

Artist rendition of the CO2 column that OCO-2 will see.

JPL/NASA

OCO-2 Logo Designed by Harman Smith/Raytheon.

El Niño Raises CO2 Levels

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Data from NASA's OCO-2 satellite has helped researchers determine that a strong El Niño season between 2015 and 2016 led to a record spike in global atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Regional Effects of El Niño on CO2

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The 2015-2016 El Niño season affected the amount of carbon dioxide that Earth’s tropical regions released into the atmosphere. The effects were different in each region.

Scanning for CO2

NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist's illustration shows NASA's OCO-2 satellite collecting data over the Los Angeles Basin.

How Much Photosynthesis Happens Around Chicago?

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The OCO-2 satellite measured the solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) — a measure of how much photosynthesis occurs in plants — in the Chicago area. The data shows low levels of SIF over the urban area in purple and higher levels of SIF over agricultural areas to the south (in green).

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