BY JUSTIN RAY
Follow the countdown and launch of the GOES-M weather satellite aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 2A rocket. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.
Read our earlier status center coverage.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Atlas 2A (AC-142)
Launch date: July 23, 2001
Launch window: 3:02-4:25 a.m. EDT (0701-0825 GMT)
Launch site: SLC-36A, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.
Ground track - See the trajectory the rocket will follow during its flight.
Atlas 2A vehicle data - Overview of the rocket to be used in this launch.
GOES-M - Description of the weather satellite and its role in forecasting.
Launch windows - Listing of the available times to launch in coming days.
Atlas index - A directory of our previous Atlas launch coverage.
The following video clips are available for subscribers to our STS-104 Mission Theater:
The GOES-M satellite undergoes prelaunch preparations at the AstroTech facility on the outskirts of the Kennedy Space Center.
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The Centaur upper stage hoisted atop the Atlas 2 rocket at Cape Canaveral's launch complex 36.
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Enclosed in its payload fairing, the GOES-M spacecraft is hoisted atop the Atlas 2 rocket at launch complex 36.
PLAY (474k, 24 sec QuickTime file)
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