Earth  ID: 11094

Birth of a Space Laser Instrument

A new C02 laser, which will globally measure carbon dioxide from space, is due to be launched in 2023 on the ASCENDS mission. One of the exciting things about this project is that you can actually watch trees eat and breathe. Of course, trees are breathing all the time, but they are only eating, meaning, performing photosynthesis when the sun is out. The main science is to measure how much carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere at this particular time on the Earth, how much is there total and where is it located.

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http://decadal.gsfc.nasa.gov/ascends.html


Credits

Erica Drezek (HTSI): Lead Animator
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Video Editor
Michael A Krainak Ph.D. (NASA): Interviewee
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Producer
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Videographer
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
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Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tape:
G2012-052 -- Birth of a Space Laser Instrument

Keywords:
SVS >> Carbon Dioxide
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Laser
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere
SVS >> Goddard Space Flight Center
DLESE >> Narrated
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> ASCENDS
SVS >> Mini-LHR
SVS >> C02

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0