Methane “super emitters” on Earth were discovered during the 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 spot “super emitters” of methane, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

That observer is NASA’s Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation instrument, or EMIT for short. EMIT has been mapping the chemical composition of dust Since the day it was installed outside in the desert regions of the world International Space Station (ISS) in July to help researchers understand how dust in the air affects the climate.

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