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The GOES-M satellite was launched aboard this Atlas rocket on July 23, 2001, from Cape Canaveral.
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U.S. Launches Their Most Advanced Satellite Today
News story originally written on July 23, 2001

The GOES-M satellite was launched early this morning. This new satellite will track two kinds of weather:
weather here on Earth like thunderstorms, hurricanes, and floods
and space weather.

Space weather happens outside the Earth's atmosphere, but it can have a big effect on Earth. Space weather can endanger astronauts in space, fry satellites that carry your cable or radio stations, and fry power grids here on Earth. The GOES-M satellite is carrying the Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument. This instrument is the most advanced instrument of its kind and it will help scientists forecast this space weather just like scientists forecast the Earth's weather.

Last modified July 23, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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