Flights Planned between June 27 and July 31
Two NASA research airplanes will be flying over northeast Maryland to study urban air quality and help scientists improve their ability to measure ground-level air pollution from space. The field campaign is called DISCOVER-AQ, which stands for "Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality." The flights are being conducted in cooperation with the Maryland Department of the Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and several universities.
One of the aircraft, NASA's P-3B, will be flying at low altitude -- about 1,000 feet. Approximately 14 flights are planned, starting no earlier than June 27 and ending by July 31. Specific flight dates have not yet been scheduled but will be determined based on weather conditions. Announcements of P-3B flights will be posted to this website by 6 p.m. the day before a flight is planned. Flight times can range from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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