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NASA last night launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P (GOES-P) weather-watching satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch of GOES-P. Pic: NASA/Kenny Allen The sat blasted off at 11:57 GMT atop a Delta IV rocket on its mission to "monitor and predict weather, measure ocean …

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Boffin

The problem with temperature sensors

Water will absorb light or solar heat to a depth of hundreds of feet on a fine day. On a cloudy day the temperature of the sea's surface is controlled by the stuff that clouds have converted the frequencies of.

OK, they are only looking for gradients in the region of naughtpoinsix degrees Centigrade.

Until they can come up with a multimillion dollar box of tricks that can register air pressures at all levels, they'd be better off picking up the fall-out from the weapons of mass destruction they have scattered all over Falluja.

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Troll

"perform climate studies".

Ah, so it's exactly like a weather satellite that doesn't perform climate studies, only with a bit of healthy optimism built into the temperature sensors then?

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GOES

The previous two GOES sats, GOES-12 and GOES-11 are known as "goes east" and "goes west" because of their direction of flight.

I didn't see any news as to when useful data will be coming out of it? Allowing for calibration etc.

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Anonymous Coward

Heh heh

You said "Goes Pee" heh heh!

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WTF

is orbital storage?

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