New Weather Satellite Launched

NASA has launched the latest weather satellite.

JC_GOES_O_LaunchImage above: Rising above the two lightning towers around the pad, a Delta IV rocket races into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

The item below is a portion of the press release concerning the launch.

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The GOES-O satellite lifted off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:51 p.m. EDT atop a Delta IV rocket. From a position about 22,300 miles above Earth, the advanced weather satellite will keep an unblinking eye on atmospheric conditions in the Eastern United States and Atlantic Ocean.

Mission Overview
GOES-O is the latest weather satellite developed by NASA to aid the nation’s meteorologists and climate scientists. The acronym stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. The spacecraft in the series provide the familiar weather pictures seen on United States television newscasts every day. The satellites are equipped with a formidable array of sensors and instruments.

GOES provides nearly continuous imaging and sounding, which allows forecasters to better measure changes in atmospheric temperature and moisture distributions, hence increasing the accuracy of their forecasts. GOES environmental information is used for a host of applications, including weather monitoring and prediction models.

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GOES-O will be parked in a geostationary orbit over the equator and will be tested over the next few weeks. The satellite will then be put in a “storage mode” until it is needed to replace one of the older GOES satellites now in operation.

You can see images and videos about GOES-O by clicking on the following link……..

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GOES-O/multimedia/index.html

John Collins

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