IMPORTANT: GOES-7 SHUT DOWN!


IMPORTANT NOTICE:


        All operations from NOAA's nine-year old GOES-7 satellite will end
Thursday January 11, 1996 at 14:00GMT.   The last image will begin at 13:30GMT.

        NOAA has used many avenues to spread this message for several months
and hopes that all GOES-7 direct readout users have had the opportunity to
recongiure systems for the new GOES-9 spacecraft.

        GOES-9 is drifting westward past 125 degrees West at 0.93 degrees
per day.  GOES-9 will arrive at its operational station on January 22nd.
Imaging operations continue during the move, with image motion compensation
(IMC) off.

        The government furlough (and the blizzard) have kept many NOAA
employees away from their desks for nearly three weeks, but the computer
operators and analysts, satellite operators, engineers, programmers and
other dedicated personnel of NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data,
and Information Service have kept this crucial effort on track, with the
promise of providing unprecedented satellite surveillence of the Pacific
region.  Hats off to these remarkable civil servants (who still haven't
gotten a full pay check...) who are among the many that will go unnoticed or
underappreciated by most of the public.

        Any GOES-West users running into trouble acquiring or processing
GOES-9 data may contact me at the email address above, or via phone
(beginning January 11th) at 301-457-5125.


....................................
Jamison Hawkins
GOES Product Manager
NOAA/NESDIS
jhawkins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
301-457-5125
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