NASA Launches High-Resolution Air Quality Control Instrument TEMPO onboard SpaceX rocket
- The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched an air-quality monitor called TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution instrument) on April 07, 2023, in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
- TEMPO was launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
- It will be the first space-based instrument to measure air quality over North America hourly during the daytime and at spatial regions of four square miles, far better than existing limits of about 100 square miles in the U.S.
- TEMPO is merely the size of a dishwasher.
- TEMPO slogan is ‘It’s about time,’. It signifies at TEMPO’s ability to provide hourly air pollution data, to help improve life on Earth by revolutionizing the way scientists observe air quality from space.