The United Launch Alliance launched a rocket into space on Wednesday morning from the air force base in Vandenberg, California.
THE ULA Delta II rocket was carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 payload for NASA. It lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at 2:56 a.m.
The launch marked the 51st Delta II mission for NASA and Delta II's return to flight.
The rocket is carrying a remote sensing satellite that will measure global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, also known as Greenhouse gasses.
The measurements and information will help create a global map that pinpoints locations where carbon dioxide is emitted and absorbed.
Scientists will also gain a better understanding of climate change.
The launch and research is costing NASA 467.7 million dollars.
For more information on ULA, visit their website at www.ulalaunch.com.