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U.S. Launches Weather-Tracking Satellite

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    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - After a series of delays, a rocket carrying a global weather-tracking satellite blasted off Friday on a multimillion-dollar
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      VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - After a series of delays, a
      rocket carrying a global weather-tracking satellite blasted off
      Friday on a multimillion-dollar mission to improve forecasting and
      monitor global climate changes.

      The satellite originally was pegged to launch May 11 but the $341
      million mission was scrubbed four times — twice by high winds,
      once because of a problem with launch pad equipment and because of a
      loose vent hose.

      The 3,100-pound satellite, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., is the
      fourth in a series of five polar-orbiting weather satellites. Like
      its predecessors, it was fitted with sensors that will be used in
      worldwide search-and-rescue operations.

      The goal of NOAA-N is to collect information about the Earth's
      surface and atmosphere and build databases that can help in
      forecasting changes such as El Nino and La Nina, the ocean
      temperature phenomena that affect weather.

      The last satellite in the series, NOAA-N Prime, is scheduled for
      launch in 2007.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050520/ap_on_sc/brf_weather_satellite
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