Using small satellites to monitor harmful gases from the atmosphere (op-ed)

Steve Love is a scientist at the Space and Remote Sensing team at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This work was done through a gift from NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office’s In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technology (Investing), and by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Laboratory Directed research and development program in Los Alamos. This article was donated to Space.com Soundtracks: Op-Ed & Insights.

The Earth’s atmosphere contains most of the nitrogen and oxygen, but fused gases, from natural sources and human activities, play an important role in the environment, air and human health. These gases contain more than 50 billion tons of global warming gases the earth is released into the atmosphere every year, along with carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and others.

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