Editor's Note: The rocket carrying NASA's Carbon Observatory into orbit failed early Tuesday morning, destroying the satellite. Updates to follow. NASA hopes to start solving one of climate science's most vexing mysteries Tuesday morning when it launches the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), its first spacecraft dedicated to measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide. The satellite is designed to measure the CO2 content of vertical "columns" stretching from the Earth's surface up to the top of the atmosphere, providing vastly more information than land-based measurements currently supply. Ultimately, mission scientists hope, the satellite will lead them to the "missing" carbon sinks -- …
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