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NASA disaster sets back years of research
February 24, 2009

George Mount

George Mount

A NASA rocket, launched this morning from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, ended in disaster when a mechanical failure caused it and the attached Orbiting Carbon Observatory research satellite to plummet into the ocean.


The observatory represented many years of collaborative work and research by scientists including George Mount, professor in WSU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research.


NASA’s website states that the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite “failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Feb. 24 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.



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WSU researchers aim to measure gas from space
February 23, 2009

PULLMAN – George Mount, professor in the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, has been heavily involved in developing the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite, set to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base early tomorrow morning.

The satellite is expected to measure precise carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere from space for the first time and provide valuable information to help in understanding the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) on global warming.

Rapidly increasing levels of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most abundantly produced by human activities, are suspected by many scientists to be contributing … » More …

Chancellor’s seminars highlight global change
January 28, 2008

WSU Vancouver is launching a new lunchtime presentation titled the Chancellor’s Seminar Series, running 12-1:30 p.m. Fridays March 7,  April 4, and May 16 in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Ticket price for each seminar is $30 per person, including lunch and parking, or $80 all three seminars. For more information and to register, go ONLINE @ and, or call 360/546-9600.

“The Chancellor’s Seminar Series offers an outstanding lineup of speakers from within the WSU community of experts – along with national experts from outside of our institution — to address issues impacting Clark County residents,” said WSU Vancouver Chancellor … » More …

New book helps preserve Mt. Rainier’s cultural past
June 8, 2006

PULLMAN — WSU Press has announced the release of a new book, Takhoma: Ethnography of Mount Rainier National Park. The imposing volcanic tower had kept its secrets for eons, but in 1963, Washington State University anthropologists partnered with the National Park Service to investigate the pre-history of Mount Rainier National Park. The research team conducted an exhaustive search of pre-existing reports and literature, completed a preliminary physical survey by hiking up the mountain’s river corridors to the sub-alpine level, and combined those results with an ethnographic field study of neighboring aboriginal tribes. It was an important first step toward unraveling the area’s cultural past. Now, … » More …