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NASA Air Pollution Flights Over Maryland Planned For Monday, July 11th
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NASA Air Pollution Flights Over Maryland Planned For  Monday, July 11th

 

NASA's DISCOVER-AQ air quality field campaign is scheduled to take to the skies over the Baltimore-Washington traffic corridor and northeast Maryland on Monday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. The flight segment between the Washington Beltway and Baltimore will follow Interstate 95.

 

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, carrying nine scientific instruments. It will fly as low as 1,000 feet above the ground along a route that will take it over major roadway traffic corridors. The P-3B also will make spiral ascents and descents over six locations where air-quality measurements are being made from ground stations.

 

Approximately 14 DISCOVER-AQ flights are planned through July when weather conditions are appropriate. NASA will announce flights by 5 p.m. the day before aircraft are scheduled to fly.

 

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.

 

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

 

http://go.usa.gov/ZiP

 

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

 

http://www.nasa.gov/discover-aq

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