NASA’s TEMPO Mission

Recently NASA launched its Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument from Florida on board a SpaceX rocket.

About the TEMPO Mission

  • Launched On: April 7, 2023
  • Launched By: NASA
  • Launched From: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA
  • Launched Using: Falcon9 rocket of SpaceX


  • It is an instrument developed by NASA that can track air pollution over North America from space.
  • It will allow scientists to monitor air pollutants and their emission sources down to the neighborhood level.


  • TEMPO is hosted on an Intelsat communications satellite in geostationary orbit.
  • TEMPO spectroscopic measurements in the ultraviolet and visible range provide a tropospheric measurement suite that includes the key elements of tropospheric air pollution.
  • It will be able to measure the spectra required to retrieve ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), formaldehyde (H2CO), glyoxal (C2H2O2), aerosols, cloud parameters, and UV-B radiation.