From its perch on the International Space Station, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3), along with a suite of Earth-observing instruments, will improve our understanding of the interaction between carbon and climate. By mapping carbon dioxide over land and sea, OCO-3 gives scientists a better view of the global ecosystem and the health of our planet.
Join members of the OCO-3 project team for a night of science conversation, tales from the little mission that could, and a renewed charge for a changing future.
Speakers: Ralph Basilio: Project Manager, OCO-3 Matt Bennett: Project Systems Engineer, OCO-3 Karen Yuen: Science Data Applications and Communications Manager, OCO-3 Graziela Keller Rodrigues: Engineering Applications Software Engineer, OCO-3 Follow us on your favorite social media platforms for updates @NASAJPL.
Leading a mission to space is a rare and challenging experience, with high highs and low lows. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Project Manager Ralph Basilio revisits the original OCO launch and shares what it’s like to recover after a lost mission, why studying our home planet is so important, and why he’ll never give up hope for the future.
In May 2019, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) was installed on the International Space Station (ISS). A follow-on to the still-active OCO-2 mission, OCO-3 will bring not only a new vantage point but new techniques and new technologies to NASA's carbon dioxide observations.
This is short overview of the OCO-3 mission with music and wording that played in the JPL High Bay during testing. The video is 1:29 in length.
This animation depicts how the Pointing Mirror Assembly (PMA) moves as it is flown on the International Space Station (ISS). The right hand side is the direction that the ISS would be flying and the arm movement is at 2X the normal functioning speed.
This artist created animation shows how OCO-3 would be installed on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Exposed Facility (EF), on the International Space Station (ISS).
This video is an overview of the OCO-3 mission with interviews with the project manager, Dr. Ralph Basilio and project scientist Dr. Annmarie Eldering.
This animation is a global visualization of the light released by plants during photosynthesis. It's based on the first year of solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) measurements (Sept. 2014 – Sept. 2015) from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission.
Each map represents a 16-day cycle and shows average concentrations of SIF. The measurements are reported in radiance (a measure of the amount of light); more light is shown as more green. The seasonal shifts of photosynthesis and the large agricultural areas of the world are apparent.
NASA scientists are researching the movement of carbon through the atmosphere, ocean, and plant life to better understand how, and for how long, the Earth can continue to absorb half of all carbon emissions.
How can OCO-2 help us keep track of plant activity? By detecting solar-induced fluorescence!
Solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) occurs when a fraction of the light absorbed by chlorophyll molecules is re-emitted at longer wavelengths. Measuring this signal with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite allows for real-time monitoring of photosynthetic activity and fills in crucial details in Earth's carbon cycle.
Produced by Karen Yuen
Written, animated, and narrated by Meg Rosenburg
Music by Olive Musique
Global warming may seem like a recent challenge, but the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission joins a long tradition of investigation into our planet's changing climate.
An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.
Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.
The carbon dioxide visualization was produced by a computer model called GEOS-5, created by scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, launching July 2014, will study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help us understand how fast it will build up in the future. The mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of CO2 as well as their "sinks," the places where CO2 is pulled out of the atmosphere and stored (such as in plants and the ocean.) Learn more about the mission at oco.jpl.nasa.gov
There's a problem with our global carbon budget...but OCO-2 will soon be on the case!
Published on May 8, 2014. There's still a lot we know don't know about the processes that control the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and what role they might play in our changing climate. Luckily, the OCO-2 mission (Orbiting Carbon Observatory) will launch next year to gather crucial information on carbon sinks and sources to help us connect the dots.
Published on May 16, 2014. NASA's OCO-2 mission will shed new light on understanding carbon and its role in our planet's future.