NASA's new mission will study microscopic plankton and aerosols from space
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NASA has launched a new mission called PACE, which will study plankton, aerosol, clouds, and the ocean ecosystem from space. The mission aims to understand how microscopic plants and particles impact global warming and the climate cycle. Phytoplankton, the tiny plants in the ocean, play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen through photosynthesis, making them important allies in the fight against climate change. PACE will provide valuable observations and research to advance our knowledge of the ocean's role in the climate cycle.
"PACE will help us learn, like never before, how particles in our atmosphere and our oceans can identify key factors impacting global warming," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, said in a press release.
Plankton, including phytoplankton, also form the base of ocean food chains and are crucial for marine ecosystems and fisheries. There are tens of thousands of different species of phytoplankton, each with unique interactions with their environment. PACE will help in understanding the different interactions and effects of phytoplankton on ocean health and potentially harmful phenomena like red tides.
"Observations and scientific research from PACE will profoundly advance our knowledge of the ocean's role in the climate cycle," said Karen St. Germain, director of the earth science division at NASA Headquarters.
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