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Follow the NASA Countdown to GOES-P Launch
02.26.10
 
GOES-P's rocket A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket sits poised on its launch pad with the GOES-P at Space Launch Complex-37. Launch is scheduled for March 4 at 6:17 p.m. EST, with a one hour launch window. Credit: The Boeing Company/Carleton Bailie Ready, set, GOES! The countdown to launch is on for the newest Geostationary Operational Environmental satellite, GOES-P. GOES-P will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GOES-P launch is now scheduled for no earlier than March 4 at 6:16 p.m. EST. The latest updates can be found at the GOES-P Web site, so you can follow along on the launch progress. On the day of launch, television coverage will be available on NASA-TV and online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

GOES-P is the third and final spacecraft to be launched in the GOES N Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. The GOES satellites continuously provide observations of more than 50 percent of the Earth, including the continental United States, providing weather monitoring and forecast operations and a continuous and reliable stream of environmental information and severe weather warnings.

NOAA manages the GOES program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and distributes environmental satellite data for the United States. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center procures and manages the design, development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a cost reimbursable basis. Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems built GOES-P.
 
 
Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center