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NOAA to Highlight Details of New Environmental Satellite:
Launch Kicks Off New Era of International Cooperation
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will host a telephone media availability to highlight a new polar-orbiting satellite, set to launch next month, that will be critical in development of a global Earth observation program, while improving NOAA's forecasts for weather and climate - including El Niño and La Niña - and U.S. search and rescue operations.

1 - 1:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 25
Toll Free Number: 888-455-5419, Passcode: 46680

Greg Withee, Assistant Administrator, NOAA's Satellite and Information Service;
Louis Uccellini, Director, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction;
Mike Mignogno, Program Manager, NOAA's Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites

The new satellite, NOAA-N, will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, May 11, 2005 at 3:22 a.m. (PDT). After it achieves orbit, it will be renamed NOAA-18 and replace NOAA-16 which has been in service five years. NOAA-N continues a series of NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, with improved imaging and sounding capabilities that transmit environmental data around the world.

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