NASA’s OCO-3: Watching Plants Grow and Glow – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


















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Published on Apr 9, 2019

OCO-3 will be mounted on the International Space Station where it will measure both atmospheric carbon and plant activity from orbit. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emit a small amount of light. Measuring this “solar-induced fluorescence” will help scientists better understand the role plants have in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For more on this orbiting carbon observatory, visit https://ocov3.jpl.nasa.gov/

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