09 September 2017
All in-orbit tests of China's first orbiting carbon observatory satellite, TanSat, which means "carbon" in Chinese, have been successfully completed, according to the China Meteorological Administration. As China's first mission intended to provide global space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, TanSat was launched on 22 December 2016. It is tasked to monitor the carbon dioxide variation in Earth's atmosphere on seasonal time scales, improving the understanding of the global carbon dioxide distribution as well as its contribution to the climate change.
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