NASA’s Around-The-World Atmospheric Mission Update: Preview Set On July 7, Media Invited

First Posted: Jun 15, 2016 06:30 AM EDT

Around-the-world atmospheric mission is believed to be the most challenging airborne research on the Earth's  atmosphere. According to reports, NASA will be having a preview of their new project on Thursday, July 7 at the Armstrong Fligh Research Center in Palmdale, California.

The Atmospheric Tomography  mission is set to analyze the greenhouse gases and other gases and particles in the atmosphere with the help of the NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory. The journey, which is expected to last for 26 days, will cover North Pole to New Zealand, over to the tip of South America, from north to the Arctic. This mission goes with the space agency's satellite observations of the important gases of Earth's atmosphere, like ozone and carbon dioxide.

This around-the-world atmospheric mission is going to zoom in to provide accurate calculation of the atmospheric chemistry which is not easily made from space. In line with this, the media will be given the chance to interview the mission managers and lead scientists, including a tour of NASA's DC-8 aircraft that is going to be in the process of being equipped with scientific instruments. According to NASA , the initial flight of the atmospheric mission will be in the last week of July.

Also, registration will be open for foreign and U.S. media, and interested American citizens should ask credentials at 2 pm PDT on Wednesday, June 29. The deadline for the foreign nationals is at 2 pm on June 21. For those who would request credentials, an email addressed to the Armstrong public affairs officer Kate Squires is required.

By gathering data from air, sea, land and space, NASA is able to advance the understanding of the Earth. It continues to build new methods to observe and study the planet's interconnected natural systems that have long-term data files. For this year, the space agency has started eight challenging new field programs that allow scientists  to obtain deeper knowledge.

Around-the-world atmospheric mission ATom is going to measure over 200 airborne particles and gases in the atmosphere over the oceans. With a goal of understanding how these gases like ozone and methane change and later taken out of the atmosphere, these methods are crucial to better understanding the planet's present and future climate, according to Perf Science.

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