NOAA and NASA Continue Collaboration on one of NOAA's weather satellites, GOES-9, was Environmental Programs failing as it reached the end of its planned life. The The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- GOES weather satellite data and imagery seen daily istration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and on television forecasts, however, continued to flow Space Administration (NASA) have signed an without a break. The smooth transmission was due agreement that enables the agencies to continue to a decision to store a backup weather satellite in collaborating on environmental programs, includ- orbit to quickly replace the failing one. ing environmental satellite programs. GOES satellite images are best known to televi- This is the third agreement that the agencies sion viewers as the cloud images that are shown have signed since 1964. Continuing the history of on weather forecasts. GOES-IO was launched on interagency cooperation, the agreement reaffirms 15 April 1997 and was stored in orbit in prepara- the need for specialized technical, scientific, and tion to replace GOES-8 or -9 when one of them operational expertise of both agencies to enhance failed. GOES-IO was activated on 9 July in its po- the country's capabilities to forecast environmen- sition over the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1998
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