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  • NASA P-3B during it's first flight of DISCOVER-AQ California 2013.

    First Flight of the 2013 California Campaign

    On January 16, 2013, the DISCOVER-AQ team kicked off the California 2013 campaign with their first science flights and ground measurements in California's Central Valley. DISCOVER-AQ is a field campai...

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  • Map of the California 2013 Campaign

    Map of the California 2013 Campaign

    Two NASA research planes are flying between Bakersfield and Fresno in January and February 2013 – one as close as 1,000 feet to the ground – to measure air pollution with a number of onboard science i...

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  • A photograph of an instrument on the inside of the 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft during DISCOVER-AQ 2013.

    DISCOVER-AQ Instrument on the NASA P-3B

    A photograph of the inside of the 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft as it was being prepared for deployment during the 2013 California campaign of the DISCOVER-AQ mission. The four-engine P-3B turb...

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  • The NASA P-3B as seen from the ground during DISCOVER-AQ mission flights near Beltsville, Md.

    The NASA P-3B as Seen From the Ground during the DISCOVER-AQ Mission Flights

    A photograph of the 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft flying low above a ground site in Beltsville, Md. on Friday, July 1, 2011.

    The aircraft is part of a month-long field campaign des...

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  • James Crawford, principal investigator and scientist based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., talks about the DISCOVER-AQ project on board the P-3B NASA research aircraft.

    DISCOVER-AQ Principal Investigator James Crawford

    James Crawford, principal investigator and scientist based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., talks about the DISCOVER-AQ project on board the P-3B NASA research aircraft at Baltimore/...

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  • Pilots Mike Singer, left, and Shane Dover stand in front of the 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Baltimore, Md.

    P-3B Pilots Mike Singer and Shane Dover

    Pilots Mike Singer, left, and Shane Dover, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, stand in front of the 117-foot P-3B NASA research aircraft on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood ...

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  • A photo of the NASA P-3B on the tarmac.

    P-3B Aircraft on the tarmac

    NASA's P-3B is a large (117-feet), four-engine turboprop, capable of long duration flights of 8 to 12 hours and is based out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. This photo shows a...

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  • Satellite image of heavy haze over Baltimore-Washington corridor

    Hazy Skies

    Air quality in the heavily populated mid-Atlantic region of the United States reached unhealthy levels on August 2, 2006, warned the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to trapping particulat...

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  • NASA P-3B aircraft

    NASA P-3B

    NASA's P-3B is a large (117-feet), four-engine turboprop, capable of long duration flights of 8 to 12 hours and is based out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.

    Credit...

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  • The first campaign of the DISCOVER-AQ mission takes place in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region in July 2011.

    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 camp...

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  • UC-12B

    UC-12B

    The newest plane at NASA Langley, a former U.S. Navy UC-12B, will fly two instruments during the DISCOVER-AQ campaign: the High Spectral Resolution Lidar, or HSRL, and the Airborne Compact Atmospheric...

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  • DISCOVER-AQ ground station

    Ground Station

    The DISCOVER-AQ aircraft will fly over this ground station, the Beltsville (Md.) Center for Climate System Observation that is operated by Howard University in Washington, D.C., and five other locatio...

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