- The main science payload is CATS (Cloud-Aerosol Transport System)
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Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)
CATS: Cloud-Aerosol Transport System | NASA
While felines in space may be what you’re thinking, the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System () is a much more helpful accompaniment planned for the . CATS will study the distribution of aerosols, the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants, and smoke.Knowing where aerosols are located in the atmosphere — such as smoke from forest fires, dust blowing off vast deserts, and plumes from erupting volcanoes — is often critically important. These particles can affect weather, climate, biogeochemistry, airplane safety, and human health.Developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Matt McGill, and his team, CATS will be able to see the character as well as vertical and horizontal distribution of aerosols in a whole new light. When CATS begins operations from its docking port on the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility (), the refrigerator-sized sensor will continue measuring atmospheric aerosols using the same two-laser wavelengths as NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations () mission — the 1064 and 532 nanometer wavelengths. The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) investigation uses a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to measure the location, composition and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, aerosols and other particulates in the atmosphere. CATS is mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module's Exposed Facility and is used to study the atmospheric constituents that impact global climate. By gaining a better understanding of cloud and aerosol coverage, scientists can create a better model of the Earth's climate feedback processes. Information PendingBecause smoke-darkened skies over cities and communities can pose health risks to populations, especially to the medically vulnerable, the ability to track those aerosols and deliver warnings is critical. Long-term data also can reveal the shifts in global climate — whether changes are occurring in cloud cover or whether the level of pollutants is increasing or decreasing — over time and geographic location.Pulmonary diseases, which are common in dogs and cats, may be infectious, inflammatory, or neoplastic. In the treatment of infectious or inflammatory pulmonary disease, aerosol medication, either as sole therapy or adjunctive to systemic treatment and supportive care, can be beneficial.
To date, most recommendations on inhaled medications are based on opinion or extrapolated from human medicine.
Aerosol therapy can be an appealing treatment option because it directly channels medication into the respiratory tract. In contrast, some systemic medications fail to adequately reach the source of infection or inflammation, particularly in patients with excessive mucus or established infection in the airway lumen.