It’s Time for TEMPO! TEMPO Launches Early Tomorrow Morning Aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Intelsat 40e

Hello from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida! A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Intelsat 40e and NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument aboard, stands ready for liftoff at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Complex 40. TEMPO will be the first satellite instrument to make hourly daytime observations of air quality over North America. These observations will improve the scientific data record on air pollution in North America.

Launch is scheduled for no earlier than 12:30 a.m. EDT.

This launch is a cross-country effort. Launch controllers at the Florida spaceport are working in concert with teams at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and SpaceX’s control center in Hawthorne, California.

Stay right here for more launch coverage or tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for live launch coverage starting at 12:00 a.m. EDT.