NASA’s carbon satellite launches successfully on second try

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (CNN) — After about a 24-hour delay, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite blasted into space Wednesday morning.

Tuesday’s try was canceled 46 seconds before it was supposed to launch due to an issue with the water suppression system.

The second try turned out successful for NASA, launching the satellite that will study atmospheric carbon dioxide around 5 a.m.

Scientists say greenhouse gases are a reason for global warming, and the mission is the first of its kind to study climate change.

The satellite will track the dynamics of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — both where it comes from and where it’s absorbed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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