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The OCO2 spacecraft will make its first launch in July on a mission to measure changes in Earth's carbon dioxide levels. (Source: NASA/CNN) The OCO2 spacecraft will make its first launch in July on a mission to measure changes in Earth's carbon dioxide levels. (Source: NASA/CNN)
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(NASA/CNN) - NASA is preparing to launch a first-of-its-kind satellite to study climate change.

Scientists say the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 spacecraft, or "OCO2," will measure carbon dioxide gas in earth's atmosphere.

They hope the data will provide new insight into where carbon dioxide gas is created, both naturally and from human activity.

The probe is scheduled for a July first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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