Unexpected Turbulence

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Science  19 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5640, pp. 1665
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5640.1665c

A massive NASA weather satellite being prepared for a 2008 launch slipped its moorings and toppled onto its side in a Lockheed Martin plant in Sunnyvale, California, on 9 September. It looked like a nasty fall; managers are still waiting for a damage assessment. The 4.3-meter-high, $239 million spacecraft is due to orbit the poles, sending back weather data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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