After nearly 11 years of helping the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict weather and climate patterns and
save lives in search and rescue operations, NOAA announced today it has
turned off the NOAA-17 Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite (POES). It was
one of NOAA's longest operating spacecraft, which have a typical life span of
three years. The shutdown will result in no data gap, as NOAA-17 was being
used as a back-up satellite and was removed from service after several key systems
on board became inoperable.
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