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Erica Hupp
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Cynthia O'Carroll
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John Leslie
NOAA, Suitland, Md.
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May 18, 2006
NASA Announces New Weather Satellite Launch Date
NASA announced the launch date for a weather satellite that will provide timely environmental information to meteorologists and the public.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N, known as GOES-N, will launch Wednesday, May 24, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window is from 6:11 to 7:11 p.m. EDT. NASA TV will carry the launch live.

GOES-N joins a system of weather satellites that graphically display the intensity, path and size of storms. Early warning about severe weather enhances the public's ability to take shelter and protect property.

GOES-N will be launched on a Boeing Delta IV rocket under a commercial license with the Federal Aviation Administration. The satellite will be turned over to NASA after Boeing completes a successful checkout.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manages the GOES program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and distributes environmental satellite data for the United States. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., procures and manages the development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a cost reimbursable basis, and Boeing built it. For more information about GOES-N, visit:


NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. For live streaming video of the launch coverage and digital downlink information, visit:


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