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Erica Hupp/Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1237/1753)

George H. Diller
NASA Resident Office
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
(Phone: 805/605-3051)

John Leslie
NOAA Satellites & Information Service
(Phone: 301/457-5005)

May 16, 2005
RELEASE : 05-119
NASA Postpones Satellite Launch
NASA's launch of the NOAA-N polar-orbiting environmental satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been postponed.

NOAA-N will launch no earlier than 6:22 a.m. EDT, Friday, May 20. The satellite has a 10-minute launch window.

After the launch attempt last Thursday, a vent hose in the launch vehicle broke loose possibly causing contamination of the payload. Samples must be taken from NOAA-N to ensure any possible contaminants do not exceed allowable limits. Launch managers will review test results before announcing a definite launch date.


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