NASA aircraft in Houston skies for air pollution study this month
NASA aircraft equipped with scientific instruments will fly over the
Houston area throughout September as part of a multi-year airborne
science mission to help scientists better understand how to measure
and forecast air quality from space.
aircraft are part of NASA's five-year DISCOVER-AQ study, which stands
for Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and
Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality.
of the aircraft, a twin-engine Beechcraft 200 King Air (registration
N529NA), will collect data for the DISCOVER-AQ study looking downward
from an altitude of 26,000 feet. The plane's instruments will look
down at the Earth's surface, much like a satellite, and measure
particulate and gaseous air pollution.