A micrometeoroid might be the culprit for an abrupt attitude problem that halted the flow of critical weather prediction data for the East Coast from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, according to a program official. A Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) stopped sending imaging and sounding data late May 22, prompting the Boeing-made satellite to enter into an orbital safe mode. In this mode, the satellite shuts down its instruments ...


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