メルバ先生 英文記事紹介 No.96
This coming July 1, 2014, NASA will launch the OCO-2 ( Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission).It is the first spacecraft to measure the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate. It is one of the five NASA Earth missions for 2014. The OCO-2 is equipped with developed recording system to have accurate data about the effects carbon dioxide in the earth's surface. NASA will hold its media briefing which will be done this June 12, 2014 at the NASA headquarters in Washington. The briefing will be participated by important people behind NASA and it will be aired via television and can be streamed on the agency's website. The public also may ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere really causes a lot of damage to the earth's surface. Thus, it threatens the existence of living organisms in the planet. It is highly appreciated that NASA is taking a step towards the study of it. NASA is very much capable of doing so. The environmental issue is always left behind in many agendas of the different governments around the world. The result of this study may be an alarm clock to the heads of governments to be responsive and vigilant of what is going with mother nature nowadays.