TEMPO - Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution

TEMPO is the first Instrument from NASA's Earth Venture Instrument Class Series. The mission will measure air pollution of North America, from Mexico City to the Canadian tar/oil sands, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, hourly and at high spatial resolution. TEMPO observations are from the geostationary vantage point, flying on a geostationary commercial communications host spacecraft with the goal to launch in 2018.


The host spacecraft selection and mission management for TEMPO were directed by NASA's Science Mission Directorate to NASA Langley and led by Mission Project Manager Alan Little. The host spacecraft will be selected in partnership with the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) hosted payload office. The TEMPO Instrument Project is led by Principal Investigator Kelly Chance at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Instrument Project Manager, Wendy Pennington of NASA Langley.

TEMPO Concept of Operations

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TEMPO Fact Sheet

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Featured News: March 22, 2016

The Future of Monitoring Air Quality from Space  Read Article

TEMPO Overview Poster

TEMPO Operations Architecture

Featured News: March 8-10, 2016 The TEMPO Team Received Positive Remarks

from Administrator Bolden

Photo - TEMPO Team with NASA Administrator Bolden

TEMPO Instrument Model - Fabricated by Ball


News: June 29, 2015

The TEMPO team completes the Critical Design Review (CDR) at Ball Aerospace, in Boulder, CO

News: July 28-31, 2014

The TEMPO team attends the PDR at Ball Aerospace, in Broomfield, CO

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TEMPO Presentation:

Castle Lecture Series - Video

Feature: May 30, 2014

The TEMPO IP Science Team meeting was held at the National Institute of Aerospace at 100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA

Dr. Kelly Chance

Associate Director for Atomic and Molecular Physics and Senior Physicist

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory - June 19, 2013

Feature: April 30, 2014

NASA Air Quality Awarness Week Highlight: TEMPO

Ozone Bioindicator Garden Project