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NASA Plans Air Pollution Flight Over Maryland on July 11

WASHINGTON July 10, 2011 Baltimore-Washington Maryland Monday, July 11 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Baltimore

The flight is part of a mission to enhance the capability of satellites to measure ground-level air quality from space. DISCOVER-AQ, which stands for Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality, is a NASA Earth Science Division research effort conducted in collaboration with the Maryland Department of the Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several universities.

NASA’s P-3B research aircraft will fly at low altitudes over the study region. The P-3B is a large, 117-foot, four-engine turboprop. It will fly as low as 1,000 feet above the ground. The P-3B also will make spiral ascents and descents over six locations where air-quality measurements are being made from ground stations.

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A detailed map of the P-3B’s low-altitude flight path is available at:

For more information about the DISCOVER-AQ mission, visit:


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