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Big names make big bets on space methane hunters

Renowned industrialists Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are backing a new satellite, MethaneSAT, which is designed to detect and measure global methane emissions, a powerful greenhouse gas. 

The first satellite is expected in orbit as early as 2022 and will be the first satellite that can give us methane emissions data for all major oil facilities on land. The satellites can survey an area that is 260 kilometers wide, can detect emissions down to two parts per billion, and focus on areas as small as 100 meters.

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