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John Leslie
NOAA Satellites & Information Service
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RELEASE : 05-119
NASA Reschedules NOAA Satellite Launch
NASA's launch of the NOAA-N polar-orbiting environmental satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is scheduled for Friday, May 20 at 6:22 a.m. EDT.

Liftoff will be from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. The satellite has a 10-minute launch window. NOAA-N spacecraft separation from the Delta II occurs 65 minutes after launch.


NASA Television coverage will begin at 4 a.m. EDT. The first 25 minutes of the launch will be shown on AMC-6, Transponder 9 located at 72 degrees West longitude. Due to live interviews with the International Space Station Expedition 10 crew, the second stage of the launch coverage will be carried on AMC-6 Transponder 23, located at 72 degrees West longitude beginning approximately 45 minutes after launch.

Audio coverage of the launch will be carried on the NASA "V" circuits, which may be reached by dialing 321/867-1220, 1240, 1260 or 7135. Coverage of the second stage of the launch continues on 321/867-7135.

NASA Television launch coverage will be webcast at:

Live information updates will be available through Kennedy Space Center's Virtual Launch Control Center at:


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