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GOES-17 Launched

GOES-17 Launched

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, March 5, 2018/Categories: photography, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure , climate change

       NOAA's GOES-S Satellite Launched, 3-1-2018 (credit: NASA)

The next in NOAA's revolutionary series of geostationary environmental satellites, GOES-S, was successfully launched.

According to NASA, an Atlas V rocket carried the new environmental and weather monitoring satellite from Cape Canaveral into orbit March 1. Positioned at ~22,300 miles above the Earth, its solar panels are operational and powering the array of scientific instruments carried by the space robot. GOES-17 will provide nearly real-time data to track storms, wildfires, coastal weather systems, and other hazards that affect the western North America and the Pacific ocean. A NASA administer said:

"We are proud to support our joint agency partner NOAA in the launch of GOES-17, a national asset that will impact lives across the Western Hemisphere each and every day.”

NOAA's first of these new satellites, GOES-16, began returning data and imagery late in 2016 that provided stunning new details that changed weather forcasting from the first images. The most recent examples were the captures covering February 28-March 4 which focued on the development of what became Super-storm Riley. The early warning system likely helped to save many lives.

Riley produced huge snowfalls, damaging winds, and coastal flooding surges in multiple states. GOES-17 can be expected to provide greatly increased environmental information for western North America allowing for better predictions for snowpacks, droughts, cyclones, and other weather-related events. With climate change-induced weather events already now, bring on the satellites and their science to help in any way possible!



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