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NOAA retires GOES-13 satellite after 10 years of stellar service

08 January 2018

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Make way for the next generation of weather imagery! NOAA's GOES-13 satellite has captured some of the most notorious weather events in recent U.S. history – from paralysing blizzards in the North-east and Mid-west, to destructive hurricanes like Sandy in 2012 and last summer's historic run of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.

But with the emergence of the next-generation GOES-16 as NOAA's new GOES-East satellite, GOES-13, which held the position since April 2010, was powered down on 08 January 2018. It can be reactivated if one of NOAA's other operational or backup satellites experiences trouble.

Source: NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Image credit: NASA - Artist's conception of the GOES-13 satellite orbiting the Earth.

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