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Internet IM Update, May 14, 1997



A successful launch of GOES-K in April has been followed by a smooth check out period. On May 3, 1997, GOES-K became GOES-10 after it completed an "Apogee Adjust" maneuver to achieve synchronous altitude. GOES 10 will enter into a stand by mode awaiting failure of either GOES-8 or GOES-9.

Samples of GOES 10 visible test imagery are available on the Internet at:

Users of GOES-8 data have noticed image shifts in data received at their sites. NOAA engineers are currently determining if this is an instrument or ground system problem. An excellent description of this and similar "image scanline shear" can be found on the Internet at:

Since March 12, the GOES-9 momentum wheel #1 has experienced larger than expected temperature variations. On May 8, engineers turned on the wheel heater to aid in redistribution of wheel lubricant. Within the next two weeks, engineers will know the effectiveness of the lubrication on wheel temperature and performance.

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Internet Climate Dial-Up Service

The (fee-based) Family of Services Climate Dial-Up Service will end on October 1, 1997. However, access to the broad range of climate data including monthly temperature and precipitation data for more than two hundred cities will still be available on the Internet at: Click on "Analysis & Monitoring." Then click on "Climate Monitoring (Tables/Text)."

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Family of Services Domestic Data Service

Effective 1400 UTC on June 4, 1997, weather permitting, all radar observations that are currently associated with the WMO Heading SDUS08 KWBC will change to the WMO Heading SDUS40 KMKC. This and all other pending NWS service change notifications are available on the NWS Office of Meteorology home page in the notification section at:

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Radiofax Charts via E-Mail

NWS radiofax charts broadcast by the Coast Guard are now available via e-mail. The FTPMAIL server allows Internet access for mariners who do not have direct access to the World Wide Web, but who are equipped with an e-mail system. Using FTPMAIL, users can request files from NWS and have them automatically e-mailed back to them. Turnaround is generally under 3 hours. However, receipt cannot be guaranteed and performance may vary widely. To learn more about the FTPMAIL service, follow the following instruction to obtain the "HELP" file:

Send an e-mail to:
Subject line: leave blank
Body of message: help

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NRC Recommends full access to Scientific Information

The National Research Council has released a report recommending that governments around the world guarantee access to electronic databases of scientific information by researchers, educators, and others "working in the public good...Full and open access to scientific data should be adopted as the international norm for the exchange of scientific data derived from publicly funded research." The report warns against proposals currently under consideration by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Community, and the U.S. House of Representatives, saying they do not guarantee "fair use" of data by the scientific and educational communities. "If adopted in their current form, these legal proposals could jeopardize basic scientific research and education, eliminate competition in the markets of value-added products and services, and raise existing thresholds to entry into insuperable legal barriers to entry."

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