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NASA Launches Satellite To Study Global Warming

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - NASA has launched a satellite on a 2-year mission to track carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

A Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory blasted off at 1:55 a.m. PST Tuesday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The carbon observatory is NASA's first satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide on a global scale.

Measurements collected from the $280 million mission could improve climate models and help researchers determine where the greenhouse gas is coming from and how much is being absorbed by forests and oceans.

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