Methane ‘super emitters’ on Earth detected by space station experiment

A methane plume 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) long that NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation mission detected southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
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A powerful eye in the sky is helping scientists watch for “super emitters” of methane, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

This observer is NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Resource Survey instrument, or EMIT for short. EMIT has been mapping the chemical composition of the powder Throughout desert regions since it was formed outside of Earth International Space station (ISS) has helped researchers understand how dust in the air affects climate.

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