OCO-3 will monitor Earth's plants from space - Earth.com

OCO-3 will monitor Earth's plants from space


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory introduces the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), which will essentially watch plants breathe from space.

After OCO-3 is mounted on the International Space Station, it will be used by scientists to measure atmospheric CO2 and monitor plant activity.

According to NASA, the instrument “will investigate important questions about the distribution of carbon dioxide on Earth as it relates to growing urban populations and changing patterns of fossil fuel combustion.”

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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