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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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.