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TEMPO

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: IE

 Context:  The Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument is a new device launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will enable scientists to track air pollution over North America comprehensively from space, down to the neighbourhood level (i.e. 10sq KM range)

 

Other features:

  • Coverage area: Greater North America, from Puerto Rico to Canada
  • Orbit: Geostationary
  • Monitoring: Hourly basis during daytime
  • Pollutants monitored: Nitrogen dioxide, produced from the combustion of fossil fuels, formaldehyde and ozone.