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At the request of scientists at the California Air Resources Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is performing a series of flights between 18-25 June to examine the atmosphere over the state to better understand the chemical dynamics of smog and greenhouse gases.

NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory is flying a series of flights originating at the Dryden Flight Research Center in Palmdale over southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and over the Pacific. The DC-8 is configured for atmospheric composition measurements as part of a large environmental science campaign to study the impact of air pollution on the Arctic's atmospheric chemistry and changing climate.

NASA is also sending a specially outfitted P3 aircraft from its Ames Research Center in Mountain View to fly over northern California for additional sampling during the same time period.

The flights will gather samples aimed at helping ARB to:

  • Obtain a better picture of greenhouse gas emission sources throughout the state;

  • Characterize the types of pollution into the state from off-shore; and

  • Distinguish the differences in air mass chemistry between urban and rural areas.

The collaboration is intended to provide information on how pollution is created, transported and even destroyed, said Bart Croes, chief of the ARB’s Research Division.



Reportedly there are several secret hangers at Ames containing highly classified flying machines of some kind.


In a year of deficit spending, seems to me we shouldn't need to pay for a study to quantify filthy air when we already know we need to stop burning toxic chemicals in the atmosphere and switch over to solar power and electric drive transportation? This is an example of money poorly spent that could be better used to move the state directly to clean energy. Lets see some action and value for our money and less useless studies.

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