GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite)
Like their predecessors, the latest in the series, GOES-M (launched in 2001) and GOES-N (launched in 2006), are equipped with flexible-scan imaging systems and sounders, allowing scientists to collect information about cloud cover, wind speed, temperature, moisture, and ozone levels. But they also carry solar X-ray imagers to provide early detection of especially violent solar activity. Such monitoring systems will give scientists advance warning of possible disruptions in the upper atmosphere-disruptions that in the past have led to spectacular auroras as well as devastating power outages.
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