New Weather Satellite

NASA and NOAA launched a new weather satellite early today.297113main_launch-425

Photo credit: NASA/Carleton Bailie, ULA

This newest satellite in known as GOES-N Prime. Once stabilized in a geostationary orbit it will be renamed GOES-13.

This satellite will join GOES-10(west satellite images), GOES-11(in a storage orbit) and GOES-12(east satellite images) in providing weather and science research data as well as instrumentation for search and rescue missions.

I misspoke on the Noon News Friday when I stated the the satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch was from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was carried into orbit on a Delta II Space Launch Vehicle.

John Collins

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