GOES-12 Retiring After 10 Years Of Service

From 2001 to 2010, GOES-12 was the eye in the sky for the eastern seaboard. NOAA has recently announced the satellite's retirement from service. It was launched July 23, 2001 and had an operational life expectancy of 5 years. It lasted far longer, remaining operational for the National Weather Service until May 10, 2010. The satellite was then moved over South America to monitor wildfires, ash plumes, and drought.

GOES-12 covered everything from small storms and ordinary cold fronts to events of epic proportions. It was the source of imagery for Atlantic Hurricanes from 2003 to 2010, providing valuable data on storm structure and organization.

NOAA will use the remaining fuel in the satellite to move it beyond its operational orbit to prevent collisions with other satellites in the future. GOES-13 is already up and operational, taking the place of GOES-12 as the Weather Service's GOES East satellite.

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