Here comes NPP: the latest Earth satellite that will blast off Friday
Goddard Space Flight Center is abuzz with the impending launch of the NPP satellite. My Goddard science writer pals Aries Keck and Ellen Gray (and other Goddard folks) are encamped at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, helping to spread the word. Here is a video feature about the mission. More video and stories and images will appear on the blog in the coming days.
Here’s the official description of the video above.
The NPP Pre-Launch Webcast looks at NASA’s upcoming NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission. NPP represents a critical first step in building the next-generation of Earth-observing satellites. The mission will test key technologies and instruments. It also will continue to gather information to continue to build on the data record from previous Earth-observing satellites. Tim Dunn and Bruce Reid of NASA’s Launch Services Program discuss preparations for the launch and NPP Project Scientist James Gleason talks about what results are expected from the spacecraft’s five unique instruments.
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