• 02.24.09

First Space Mission to Save the Earth (By Measuring CO2 in Atmosphere) Fouls Up

In the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, NASA attempted to launch an experimental mission to save the earth with the smallest rocket it currently has in use. The initial launch failed  when the module did not separate from the rocket.


NASA is working closely with Japan, which launched its own carbon observatory last month. The OCO will yield 8-million carbon dioxide measurements every 16 days, far improving over current measurements.


[Via BBC News ; see also this NASA podcast.]

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She’s the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her next book, The Test, about standardized testing, will be published by Public Affairs in 2015.