Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Weather satellite rescued


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After tumbling and spinning in space for nearly a year, a $50 million polar-orbiting weather satellite has been stabilized and will regain nearly all of its functions, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The rescue of NOAA 8 was aided by a computer program that took advantage of the earth's magnetic field to gradually stop the satellite's gyrations.

Technicians at NOAA have recalibrated the satellite's instruments, and as Eos went to press, NOAA expected to resume delivery of earth and atmospheric imagery and measure-ment data on July 1, 1985.