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NASA is expanding their DISCOVER-AQ research program, which measures pollution levels on Earth from space, to help them fully understand how to precisely measure gaps in air pollution data. NASA has been measuring these levels from space aboard their Aqua and Aura satellites but have found that distinguishing pollution high in the atmosphere from ground level pollution has been difficult from that distance. Beginning at the end of June, NASA will be double checking that data with information gathered from low level flights over the DISCOVER-AQ research area as well as with ground level instruments. These flights are the start of a four year initiative in which NASA hopes to find out exactly what quality of air we are breathing in down here.

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