Science: Orbital Squall

Weather satellites for sale

Ever since Tiros 1, the first of the nation's weather satellites, went up in 1960, these sentinels of the atmosphere have proved invaluable watchdogs. Their advance warnings of hurricanes and tornadoes have saved countless lives and billions of dollars in property. Only this winter the satellites predicted the blizzard in the Northeast and major coastal storms in California. Though meteorology remains inexact, the flood of images from space has made today's 24-hour weather forecasts at least twice as accurate as those of pre-satellite days.

This notable record aside, the Reagan Administration last week hung a FOR SALE sign on...

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