NASA sent a piece of equipment to contribute to the measurement of carbon dioxide by the International Space Station (ISS).
Very special equipment, called OCO-3 (Orbit Carbon Observatory 3), was launched early on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launcher is aimed to measure carbon dioxide in the world more successfully.
The OCO-3, which was launched in 2014 by the previous version of the OCO-2, which was launched into the Earth’s orbit and made the same measurement of carbon dioxide, provides scientists with the opportunity to understand how carbon dioxide on Earth is moving.
Star Wars Day 2019 launched in epic style with liftoff of @SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying our #OCO3 mission. (Seen here on the right in the #Dragon trunk after spacecraft separation.) @Space_Station docking is expected May 6. https://t.co/rUJ8C6SwAy pic.twitter.com/ndJncQX0Qi
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 4, 2019
The fact that the OCO-2 was able to look at our world at an angle of only 51 degrees caused the measurements to not be carried out simultaneously and therefore, the flow of carbon dioxide was not known. According to the previous version of OCO-3 can collect much more data at the same time.
It is reported that the main purpose of the Carbon Observatory (OCO) project in orbit is to determine where CO2 gas is absorbed more and where it is released more. It is noted that increasing the imbalance in the CO2 cycle makes the work more challenging.
It is said that half of the 40 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year caused by the burning of fossil fuels causes global warming in the atmosphere, while the other half is absorbed by the oceans. OCO-3 can be used to monitor CO2 rates of individual countries, and sanctions in accordance with this information and in accordance with the 2015 Paris (Climate) Agreement.