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Flying through Formaldehyde

A sensor mounted on NASA’s DC-8 airplane measures concentrations of formaldehyde in the atmosphere. On August 6, 2013, the plane flew through plumes of wildfire smoke spiked with the carcinogenic pollutant.


NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using data from the In-Situ Airborne Formaldehyde Instrument (ISAF) provided by Thomas Hanisco. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Published August 23, 2013
Data acquired August 6, 2013

Source:
Aqua > MODIS
Topic:
Atmosphere > Atmospheric Chemistry > Volatile Organic Compounds