Watch for Low-Flying Planes Today in D.C. Area

NASA launches air pollution study

By Andy Salsman
|  Friday, Jul 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:21 AM EDT
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Watch for Low-Flying Planes Today in D.C. Area

NASA

Planes like this will fly over the D.C. region.

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Don’t be alarmed if you see a large plane flying pretty low to the ground today. It’s most likely just NASA conducting data on air pollution in our area.

The space agency’s P-3B research plane will be gathering data between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The plane will fly as low as 1,000 feet above the ground along a route that will take it over major roadway traffic corridors.

It is part of a NASA mission to improve the capability of satellites to measure air quality from space.

More than a dozen other flights are planned for our area through July.

You can check the flight path here:

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