New images capture Into the blue spirit

RRS Discovery and FAAM aircraft

RRS Discovery and fly past by the FAAM aircraft

3 October 2016

Pictured together for the first time, two of NERC's key scientific instruments capture the essence of Into the blue, a public showcase of environmental science in the northwest of England where both ship and aircraft will be on display.

The RRS Discovery, one of the world's most advanced research vessels providing UK marine scientists with a platform for world-leading oceanographic research, welcomed visitors on board in Liverpool in early October.

The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) aircraft, which is on the UK's front line for investigating air pollution, weather patterns and cloud formations, is on show at Manchester Airport from 25-29 October alongside an interactive exhibition featuring presentations, debates and hands-on science demos by real scientists to showcase the environmental science we live and breathe.

Research aircraft flying low over the sea past the research ship

The FAAM aircraft gathering low altitude samples

Research aircraft flying past the research ship

Research aircraft flying low over the sea past the research ship

Research aircraft above the research ship

One final pass of the RRS Discovery