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Congress orders replacement carbon monitoring satellite

US Congress is set to order a replacement carbon-observing satellite that could help in the verification of a climate treaty that is being negotiated in Copenhagen this week. In a mammoth $447 billion spending bill agreed to by members of Congress on Tuesday, NASA would spend $50 million in 2010 to work on a replacement to the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), which in February crashed into the ocean after a rocket failure. 

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