|March 08, 2023 |
MEDIA ADVISORY M23-027
NASA, Smithsonian to Discuss Air Quality Satellite Instrument
Media are invited to a joint briefing with NASA and The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at 9 a.m. EDT Tuesday, March 14, to discuss the first space-based instrument to observe major air pollutants across North America every hour during the daytime.
NASA’s TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution) instrument will improve life on Earth by revolutionizing the way scientists observe air quality. A partnership between NASA and the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, TEMPO will launch on a commercial mission as early as April.
A live stream of the briefing will air on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
The briefing participants are:
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Sixth St., and Independence Ave., in Washington. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Media interested in attending in person should RSVP before arrival to Alison Mitchell at mitchellac@xxxxxx and 202-633-2376 or Kevin Lamparter at lamparterk@xxxxxx and 202-633-2347. Media also may join via teleconference by RSVPing no more than one hour prior to the start of the event to Joe Atkinson at joseph.s.atkinson@xxxxxxxx.
TEMPO will be the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants hourly in high spatial resolution – down to four square miles – in a region stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Canadian oil sands to below Mexico City, encompassing the entire continental United States.
The instrument is a payload on the satellite Intelsat 40E. It was built by Ball Aerospace and integrated onto Intelsat 40E by Maxar. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.
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