This week NASA announced the upcoming launch of a new satellite that they say will provide “unprecedented detail” about the planet that we call home, planet Earth.

The announced this news last night, revealing that they are launching a new satellite mission called the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, which will help NASA to study plant health as well as the exchange of key gases around Earth, including the carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the methane that exists between the land and the atmosphere.

NASA has said that the satellite will conduct its mission while floating 22,000 miles above the equator.

From here, it will also be able to examine solar-based fluorescence to detail changes in photosynthesis and plant stress, as well as the gas levels in the atmosphere at a ground resolution of 3-6 miles.

In their post, NASA didn’t reveal a specific launch date for this mission.

They did say that they expect to spend a total of $166 million on the mission over the course of the next 5 years, which is a pretty large number, but an important one that could provide huge amounts of knowledge about the place we call home.

As we hear more about this mission and other NASA missions we will let you know, in the meantime, you can read more at the source link below.

Source: NASA

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