NASA announces new Earth science mission amid fears of budget cuts

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NASA plans to launch a completely new type of Earth science mission, aimed at measuring two important aspects of our planet’s health: greenhouse gases and vegetation. The mission calls for a satellite known as the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, or GeoCARB, which will provide real-time measurements of gases like carbon dioxide and methane, as well monitor planet health in the Americas. The idea is to get a better understanding of Earth’s natural carbon cycles, and the processes that control greenhouse gas levels in our atmosphere.

Of course, the announcement of this mission comes at a vulnerable time for NASA, as there has been a lot of speculation that the space agency’s Earth science division is in jeopardy. Bob Walker, an…

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