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Bad weather delays launch of weather satellite

April 23, 1997

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ Bad weather has delayed NASA’s launch of a $220 million weather satellite until Friday.

An unmanned Atlas rocket was supposed to lift off with the GOES-K satellite early Thursday. But thunderstorms swept through the area Wednesday afternoon, delaying work at the launch pad. In addition, 30 mph wind was forecast at launch time, exceeding the safety limit.

GOES-K _ short for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite _ is the third in a series of advanced weather satellites designed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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