Weather: The Best Eye Yet

Looking for all the world like a buoy that sprouted wings, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Nimbus weather satellite last week soared into space from its pad at Point Arguello, Calif. The Nimbus program has already cost more than $100 million, but the price tag may be well worth it. The ninth weather eye to be orbited by the U.S., the General Electric-built Nimbus is at once the biggest and most advanced weather satellite sent into space since Tiros I pioneered the use of satellites for meteorology more than four years ago....

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