(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA) – On Wednesday, the new spacecraft of NASA to inhale carbon dioxide in Earth’s aerospace reached orbit after it was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
On Tuesday, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 expedition costing USD 468 million was postponed, so that experts could substitute a valve in the arrangement that sprinkles water below the rocket during takeoff.
The Delta 2 rocket which carried the satellite took off at around 5:56 am EDT and went up nearly 429 miles above the earth. The success has come five years after the mission’s first satellite was lost. The satellite’s clamshell nose cone did not separate, and as a result, the spacecraft spattered into the Antarctic ocean.
In the upcoming ten days, the flight controllers will examine the spacecraft and will afterwards nudge it for three weeks towards its ultimate destination, i.e 438 miles up in an orbit crossing the South and North Poles.
Moreover, the observatory will be measuring the levels of carbon dioxide by examining the strength of sunlight colors bouncing off the Earth, as carbon dioxide absorbs specific colors, and not all.
Also, the observatory will be making a million measurements per day.