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January 5th, 2009 |
GOES-13 and GOES-12 visible image (centered over Tampa, Florida)

GOES-13 and GOES-12 visible images (centered over Tampa, Florida)

The GOES-12 satellite (which had experienced a thruster anomaly back on 14 December 2008) was re-activated on the morning of 05 January 2009 (beginning at 15:15 UTC). A comparison of GOES-13 and GOES-12 visible images (above) centered on Tampa, Florida showed that the GOES-12 image navigation was initially a bit “shaky”, but seemed to stabilize after a couple of hours. The NOAA/NESDIS Office of Satellite Operations (OSO) and Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD) will continue to monitor the performance of GOES-12 during the Image and Navigation  Recovery (INR) period, before the decision is made to re-establish GOES-12 as the operational GOES-East satellite (possibly on the morning of 06 January 2009?).

For the latest information, see the NOAA Satellite Services Division Special Bulletins.

— 06 JANUARY UPDATE —

As of 15:15 UTC on 06 January 2008, GOES-12 has resumed duty as the operational GOES-East satellite.

GOES-12 visible image

GOES-12 visible image