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Methane “super emitter” discovered on Earth 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 sharp eye in the sky is helping scientists spy on “super-emitters” of methane, a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

That observer is NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation Instrument, or EMIT for short. EMIT was Mapping the chemical composition of dust in the desert regions of the earth since installation on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) in July to help researchers understand how dust in the air affects climate.

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