GOES-O Mission

GOES-O Launch Set for Saturday
GOES-O at launch pad Image above: NASA/NOAA's GOES-O satellite is perched atop a Delta IV rocket prepared for liftoff. Image credit: NASA

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GOES-O scheduled for launch Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, was scrubbed. Thunderstorms in the area prohibited launch violating weather constraints for a safe liftoff.

Launch managers opted for a 24-hour turnaround and rescheduled the GOES-O launch for Saturday, June 27. The launch window opens at 6:14 p.m. and extends one hour, to 7:14 p.m. EDT. Forecasters are calling for a 40 percent chance of favorable weather on launch day.

Mission Overview
GOES-O is the latest weather satellite developed by NASA to aid the nation's meteorologists and climate scientists. The acronym stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. The spacecraft in the series provide the familiar weather pictures seen on United States television newscasts every day. The satellites are equipped with a formidable array of sensors and instruments.

GOES provides nearly continuous imaging and sounding, which allows forecasters to better measure changes in atmospheric temperature and moisture distributions, hence increasing the accuracy of their forecasts. GOES environmental information is used for a host of applications, including weather monitoring and prediction models.

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