17:03 Jan 29 2013 Pleasanton, CA, USA
I have NEVER seen anything like this before, there were several trails laid down ontop of each other in huge U shaped formations. It was also in the news that NASA was going to be flying around the Bay Area to "test" the air for pollution, then this appeared a day or two later after the news reports.
Jan. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A multi-year NASA airborne science mission is on its way to California to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality globally from space. Two NASA aircraft equipped with scientific instruments will fly over the San Joaquin Valley between Bakersfield and Fresno in January and February to measure air pollution. One aircraft will fly within 1,000 feet of the ground.
The aircraft are part of NASA's five-year DISCOVER-AQ study, which stands for Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality. Its researchers are working to improve the ability of satellites to consistently observe air quality in the lowest part of the atmosphere. If scientists could better observe pollution from space, they would be able to make better air quality forecasts and more accurately determine where pollution is coming from and why emissions vary.
The scientific aircraft will fly low over the East Bay gathering samples from the atmosphere
January 31, 2013
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane...
Well, yes it is a plane.
In fact, it's an aircraft from NASA flying as low as 1,000 feet today and tomorrow over the East Bay.
The plane is collecting air quality data on behalf of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The aircraft will fly over the Interstate 680 corridor and other Bay Area regions. It'll take off Thursday morning from the Sacramento area.
It's one of four NASA planes that will be flying over the central portion of California collecting data on how pollution flows through the atmosphere.
"In terms of the results, it's a 3D look at winter air pollution that has never been looked at before," said Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the air quality district.
The district paid $28,000 for its portion of the study. Air district employees will also collaborate on interpeting the results.
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