What: Media teleconference to discuss the upcoming launch of the NASA-Smithsonian instrument TEMPO.
When: 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Where: The public may tune in to a livestream audio of the teleconference at nasa.gov/nasalive.
RSVP: Media may participate in the teleconference by emailing Nadia Whitehead no later than one hour prior to the start of the event at .
Newswise — Media are invited to a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 5, to discuss the upcoming launch of TEMPO, the first space-based instrument to observe major air pollutants across North America every hour during the daytime.
TEMPO, short for 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 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory – a part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian– TEMPO will launch on a commercial mission in early April from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The teleconference briefing participants are:
- Karen St. Germain, Earth Science Division director, NASA Headquarters
- Kevin Daugherty, TEMPO project manager, NASA’s Langley Research Center
- Xiong Liu, TEMPO deputy principal investigator, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
- Dennis Nicks, director of payload engineering, Ball Aerospace
- Aaron Abell, TEMPO project manager, Maxar
- Jean-Luc Froeliger, senior vice president of Space Systems, Intelsat
Media may participate in the teleconference by emailing Nadia Whitehead no later than one hour prior to the start of the event at .
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 public may tune in to a livestream audio of the teleconference at nasa.gov/nasalive.
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