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Midwest Atmospheric Chemistry Field Campaign Begins
Probes mounted on NASA's DC-8 in preparation for the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry field campaign.NASA's DC-8 Earth Science laboratory sports numerous probes for collecting atmospheric samples on upcoming missions. The aircraft, based at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., is participating in the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry campaign ion May and June 2012, followed by NASA's Southeast Asia Composition, Cloud, Climate Coupling Regional Study, or SEAC4RS, the most complex airborne science campaign of 2012 later in the summer. (NASA / Tony Landis)

NASA researchers are about to fly off on a campaign that will take them into the heart of thunderstorm country.

The Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) field campaign will use an airport in Salina, Kan., as a base to explore the impact of large thunderstorms on the concentration of ozone and other substances in the upper troposphere. The campaign is being led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA...Learn more