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ECE is lowered to a horizontal position after arrival at Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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The Encapsulated Cargo Element (ECE) containing NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, is lowered to a horizontal position after arrival at Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The spacecraft is scheduled for launch aboard Orbital Sciences' Taurus XL rocket on Feb. 23 from Vandenberg. The spacecraft will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists will analyze OCO data to improve our understanding of the natural processes and human activities that regulate the abundance and distribution of this important greenhouse gas. This improved understanding will enable more reliable forecasts of future changes in the abundance and distribution of CO2 in the atmosphere and the effect that these changes may have on the Earth's climate. Photo credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin, VAFB

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  • Title: ECE is lowered to a horizontal position after arrival at Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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