February 09, 2010

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Volume 80, Issue 11

NASA sends up new satellite

March 4 was the launch date of a new satellite that will be monitoring the weather conditions on Earth. The satellite's name is GOES-P, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P. The satellite is being processed at the Astrotech Facility in Titusville, Fla.

The satellite is not only designed for weather watch but it will also help in search and rescue missions. It also can detect temperatures in the ocean, on land, and monitor space weather.
Candice Addison, an NU senior says, "I think that having a satellite with that capability is a good thing. It's a good idea that we can help people in need and in bad situations."

The GOES satellite provides the nation with the familiar pictures that meteorologists usually show during forecasts of the day.

NASA explains on its Web site that GOES-P is a new generation of environmental satellites built by Boeing for NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. GOES-P is being guided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

It has imagining systems that can do small area scans, making it easier for meteorologist to give short-term forecast. The new satellite will provide almost continuous imaging and sounding that allows a meteorologist's forecast to be more accurate.

Erika Rogozinski, an NU sophomore, says, "I think that it's a great thing that technology has advanced, and that we can monitor the weather more closely."

GOES-O&P (GOES-O is the satellite that was launched two months earlier. Both satellites are part of a series of satellites in space) are equipped with imagers that have improved resolution, which allows for an improved cloud-top product, height of atmospheric motion vectors, and volcanic ash detection.

The last evaluation for the launch review was held March 3. On March 4, at 6:57 p.m., the satellite took off for space on a Delta IV rocket. It is the third and final spacecraft in the series. On March 13, it should be placed in its final orbit.

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