An Old Friend is Retiring

Right after I got out of the Air Force, I helped a launch team prepare for a spacecraft launch by participating in their simulations.  GOES 11 was gearing up for its mission as a hurricane hunter.  Well, 11 years have passed, and it’s time for it to retire.  On the 16th of December, its jets will be revved up and it will be pushed out of Geosynchronous Orbit, then the batteries will be drained and the computer shut off.  When this procedure happened to GOES 11′s older sibling, someone in the room quoted a classic.

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