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Pat Shingleton: "An Eye-in-the-Sky Goes Out"

10 months ago Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:32:18 PM CDT June 10, 2014 Tuesday, June 10 2014 Jun 10, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for designing, building and implementing orbiting satellites. Most satellites have a life span of five years. On Monday and after 13 years of predicting weather and climate patterns, NOAA shutdown the NOAA-16 Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite, recognized as one of the longest operating spacecraft. The shutdown will not compromise data retrieval as NOAA-18, launched in 2005, harnesses the majority of the data. Officials with NOAA remarked that NOAA-16 assisted forecasters in the early stages of severe weather detection, including tornadoes, snow storms and hurricanes. In addition to weather assistance, it joined other satellites for 37,000 distress rescues, worldwide.

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