Japan’s GOSAT – First Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite

Japan launched the first satellite to monitor greenhouse gases worldwide on January 23, 2009.

The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite or GOSAT was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and launched on January 23, 2009, from the Tanegashima Space Center.

GOSAT is also known as Ibuki, will be used to measure densities of carbon dioxide and methane from 56,000 locations on the Earth’s atmosphere. The GOSAT was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) will use the data to track one of the gases causing the greenhouse effect, and the data will be shared with NASA and other space and scientific organizations in other countries

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