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73's KD4SFD Les  docfester@mindspring.com
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From: AOLNews@aol.com <AOLNews@aol.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 1998 4:42 PM
Subject: Weather Satellite Shuts Down


>Weather Satellite Shuts Down
>
>.c The Associated Press
>
> By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
>
>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The main weather satellite watching over the eastern
United
>States -- including the Kennedy Space Center and Hurricane Mitch -- shut
down
>early Tuesday because of technical difficulties.
>
>The GOES-8 satellite was put into a ``safe hold'' shutdown about 4 a.m.
>Eastern time after developing problems with its attitude sensor, which
keeps
>it pointed at the Earth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration
>said.
>
>Engineers were trying to determine the cause, said Gerald Dittberner,
>satellite program manager for the administration.
>
>NASA has been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Mitch as it batters the
coast
>of Central America. Though it remains far from their Florida launch site,
>officials are concerned that wind from the massive storm could affect
>Thursday's scheduled space shuttle launch carrying John Glenn.
>
>A second stationary weather satellite, GOES-10, positioned over the western
>part of the country, was switched ``full disk'' mode, allowing it to view
the
>entire earth from space rather than focusing on a smaller area.
>
>``We are able to provide continuous images which cover Florida and quite a
bit
>to the East ... the data appear to be useful,'' Dittberner said in a
telephone
>interview.
>
>However, using the full disk scan provides images every 30 minutes, instead
of
>every 15 minutes as had been the case with each satellite looking at a
smaller
>area.
>
>The GOES satellites are positioned in space so they always remain over the
>same spot on Earth, allowing them to relay down pictures of the weather
below.
>Among other things, they provide the popular weather photos shown on
>television newscasts.
>
>A third GOES satellite, GOES-9, is located over the center of the country
but
>had been shut down a few weeks ago because it was having technical
problems.
>Dittberner said that if needed that satellite could be restarted, though it
>would have only a limited lifespan.
>
>NOAA satellites orbiting at lower altitudes also can track the weather, but
>they only pass over a given spot twice a day.
>
>AP-NY-10-27-98 1641EST
>
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