How NASA Sees the Air We Breathe

  • Released Friday, October 20th, 2023
  • Updated Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 at 9:45AM
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NASA and NOAA, among other agencies, worked together this summer through the STAQS and AEROMMA missions to calibrate and validate NASA’s new TEMPO satellite. The satellite and missions combined aim to not only better measure air quality, and the major pollutants that impact it, but also to improve air quality, from street to stratosphere. This effort was documented during the August 2023 campaign leg, which took place over the Chicago region.

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Universal Music Production: Night Swimmer Instrumental [PRS], Living In The Light Instrumental [PRS], Nanofiber Instrumental [PRS], Results Take Time Instrumental [PRS], Spin Foam Instrumental [PRS], and Mindful Instrumental [PRS]. 


Additional images courtesy of Rafael Méndez Peña

Additional images courtesy of Community Research On Climate and Urban Science Department of Energy Integrated Urban Field Laboratory

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Sam Xiong, a STAQS senior anaylst, aboard NASA's G5 running one of the instruments.

Sam Xiong, a STAQS senior anaylst, aboard NASA's G5 running one of the instruments.

An Air Force servicemember aboard the DC-8 during NOAA's AEROMMA campaign flight.

An Air Force servicemember aboard the DC-8 during NOAA's AEROMMA campaign flight.

An Air Force servicemember aboard NASA's DC-8 crews his station.

An Air Force servicemember aboard NASA's DC-8 crews his station.

One of the AEROMMA STAQS aircrafts at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

One of the AEROMMA STAQS aircrafts at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Scott Collis (Argonne National Laboratory) (left) shakes the hand of Nedra Sims Fears (Greater Chatham Initiative) (right) as they discuss Chicago air quality.

Scott Collis (Argonne National Laboratory) (left) shakes the hand of Nedra Sims Fears (Greater Chatham Initiative) (right) as they discuss Chicago air quality.

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NASA and NOAA, among other agencies, worked together this summer through the STAQS and AEROMMA missions to calibrate and validate NASA’s new TEMPO satellite. The satellite and missions combined aim to not only better measure air quality, and the major pollutants that impact it, but also to improve air quality, from street to stratosphere. This effort was documented during the August 2023 campaign leg, which took place over the Chicago region. Universal Music Production: Night Swimmer Instrumental [PRS], Living In The Light Instrumental [PRS], Nanofiber Instrumental [PRS], Results Take Time Instrumental [PRS], Spin Foam Instrumental [PRS], and Mindful Instrumental [PRS]. 


Additional images courtesy of Rafael Méndez Peña

Additional images courtesy of Community Research On Climate and Urban Science Department of Energy Integrated Urban Field Laboratory

This video can be freely shared and downloaded. While the video in its entirety can be shared without permission, some individual imagery provided by ASF is obtained through permission and may not be excised or remixed in other products. For more information on NASA’s media guidelines, visit https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.html

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