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NASA satellite could monitor air quality across the United States

A new project being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could revolutionize the way air quality is tracked. According to the Miami Herald, NASA is working to develop a space-borne instrument to measure the nation's air quality in five-square-mile grids every hour.

The project began development last year with a series of low flights conducted over the Washington, D.C. area to measure air pollution, James Crawford, an atmospheric chemist at NASA Langley Research Center, told the media. While the instrument is currently in the planning stages, it could be a beneficial information provider. The indications of area air quality could help prepare homeowners by letting them know the days they should limiting time spent outside and determine whether they need to invest in a home air purifier.

Air quality has been linked to developmental problems in fetuses, aggravation of respiratory conditions, increasing a child's likelihood of asthma and potential illness. Homes and public buildings identified as featuring unhealthy levels of toxins could be outfitted with the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to improve air quality.