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Press Invited To View NASA Satellite Launch From Suitland NOAA Facility



Oct. 21, 2011

David Weaver 
Headquarters, Washington                                    
202-358-1600 
david.s.weaver@xxxxxxxx 

John Leslie 
NOAA Satellite and Information Service, Silver Spring, Md. 
301-713-0214 
john.leslie@xxxxxxxx 

MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-216

PRESS INVITED TO VIEW NASA SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM SUITLAND NOAA FACILITY

WASHINGTON -- On Oct. 28, Reporters are invited to join NASA Deputy 
Administrator Lori Garver and NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathy 
Sullivan to view the launch of the nation's newest Earth-observing 
satellite at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. 
Garver and Sullivan will be available for interviews following the 
launch. 

The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System 
Preparatory Project, or NPP, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg 
Air Force Base in California between 5:48 a.m. and 5:57 a.m. EDT on 
Oct. 28. The launch heralds a new era of climate change science and 
weather forecasting for the nation. 

Journalists are invited to the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility 
Suitland Federal Campus, located at 4321 Suitland Rd. in Suitland to 
view the launch. Journalists wanting to attend the launch and 
interview Garver and Sullivan should contact NOAA's John Leslie at 
john.leslie@xxxxxxxx or on 301-713-0214. Reporters must arrive at the 
facility by 5 a.m. on launch day. 

After launch, NPP will be controlled from the operations center, where 
NOAA operates 17 U.S. and foreign environmental satellites. Data from 
NPP will enable NOAA to continue issuing accurate forecasts and 
provide advance warning for severe weather. NPP also will extend 
critical long-term data sets that advance Earth system science and 
applications supported by NASA, NOAA, and other agencies. NPP 
represents a critical first step in preparing for the next-generation 
Joint Polar Satellite System that will collect data on long-term 
climate change and short-term weather conditions. 

For more information about the NPP mission, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/npp 

	
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