Get a glimpse of Earth from almost 700 km in the heavens from the Ibuki satellite as it orbits around the planet approximately every hour and a half. Launched in early 2009, Ibuki, also known as GOSAT (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite), was the first satellite with a primary role of monitoring the worldâ€™s greenhouse emissions. This revolutionary mission is the brainchild of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Ibuki measures the concentrations of methane and carbon dioxide from over 56,000 pre-determined sites in the Earthâ€™s atmosphere. The greenhouse gas observation sensor and a cloud/aerosol sensor observe infrared wavelengths at extremely high resolutions. This information is shared with international scientific organizations NASA.