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Two Satellites Launched on Scientific Missions

November 22, 2000

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Two satellites were launched into orbit Tuesday on missions to monitor the Earth's atmosphere, forests, urban centers and oceans.

NASA's Earth Observing 1 and the multinational SAC-C lifted off at 10:24 a.m.

As part of NASA's New Millennium Program, EO-1 will test several advanced technologies thatcould be used on other missions. Among them is a land imager that is cheaper, lighter and more powerful than current equipment.

The SAC-C carries 11 instruments to study the Earth's surface, atmosphere and magnetic field. It is a joint venture of NASA, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, France and Italy.

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