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Dec. 21, 2016
Long March 2D launches TanSat carbon dioxide monitoring spacecraft
China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22 using a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle. Launch of TanSat occurred from the LC43/603 launch complex of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
The main objective of the TanSat mission is to retrieve the atmosphere column-averaged CO2 dry air mole fraction with precisions of 1% (4 ppm) on national and global scales. The scientific goal of the project is to improve the understanding on the global CO2 distribution and its contribution to the climate change, and also to monitor the CO2 variation on seasonal time scales.
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