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  • OCO-3's First CO2 Measurements July 12, 2019
    OCO-3's First CO2 Measurements
    This image shows CO2 over the United States during OCO-3's first few days of science data collectionOCO-3's First CO2 Measurements
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts Saturday launch of CRS-17 Dragon May 4, 2019
    SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts Saturday launch of CRS-17 Dragon
    SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has begun its CRS-17 resupply mission to the International Space Station with launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts Saturday launch of CRS-17 Dragon
  • SpaceX launches supply capsule to International Space Station May 4, 2019
    SpaceX launches supply capsule to International Space Station
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 4 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched the CRS-17 cargo mission to the International Space Station at 2:48 a.m. Saturday, carrying 5,500 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware.SpaceX launches supply capsule to International Space Station
  • SpaceX Dragon Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station, Aces Predawn Rocket Landing May 4, 2019
    SpaceX Dragon Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station, Aces Predawn Rocket Landing
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX successfully launched its 17th commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station today (May 4), then stuck a rocket landing on a ship at sea.SpaceX Dragon Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station, Aces Predawn Rocket Landing
  • Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS May 4, 2019
    Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS
    WASHINGTON - SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station early May 4 after a one-day delay caused by a droneship problem.Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS
  • Dragon’s 17th Flight Set to Carry Science to the Space Station April 18, 2019
    Dragon’s 17th Flight Set to Carry Science to the Space Station
    A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft scheduled to launch in late April takes supplies and a variety of scientific experiments to the International Space Station.Dragon’s 17th Flight Set to Carry Science to the Space Station
  • NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow - and Glow April 9, 2019
    NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow - and Glow
    When plants take in too much energy, they don't get fat - they lighten up.NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow - and Glow
  • Counting the Many Ways the International Space Station Benefits Humanity April 5, 2019
    Counting the Many Ways the International Space Station Benefits Humanity
    The third edition of NASA’s “International Space Station Benefits for Humanity” book now is available.Counting the Many Ways the International Space Station Benefits Humanity
  • More Than a Carbon Copy: OCO-3 on the Space Station April 2, 2019
    More Than a Carbon Copy: OCO-3 on the Space Station
    NASA is ready to launch a new space instrument that will use the vantage point of the International Space Station to monitor Earth's carbon cycle.More Than a Carbon Copy: OCO-3 on the Space Station
  • NASA Invites Media to 17th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station March 15, 2019
    NASA Invites Media to 17th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station
    Media accreditation now is open for the next SpaceX delivery of supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station.NASA Invites Media to 17th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station

Watching the planet breathe
Watching the planet breathe

When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.