NASA Launches New Weather Satellite

A Delta IV rocket races into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

A Delta IV rocket races into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Delayed a day due to weather, NASA launched a new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather satellite into space Saturday, June 27th, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The GOES-O satellite, which will be renamed GOES-14,  will provide higher resolution pictures than the earlier models currently in use by NOAA.  This improved resolution will allow forecasters to more accurately track small-scale features like tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  While GOES-O will be tested over the next two months to ensure it is functioning normally, it is actually a spare & will go into storage mode once the testing is over.  With the addition of the GOES-O satellite, NOAA has two spare GOES satellites in space.  But, it is expected that with fuel-shortage issues with both GOES-11 & GOES-12 satellites, GOES-13 will be taken out of storage mode & will become operational later this year.  For more information on the launch, check out the Space Shot.

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