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MetOp-A Spacecraft Set to Retire

November 15, 2021
An artist's rendering of the Metop-A satellite
An artist's rendering of the MetOp-A satellite. Credit: NASA


After 15 years of providing valuable Earth-observing data to NOAA, the Meteorological Operational Satellite A (MetOp-A) spacecraft will be retired in November 2021. MetOp-A is Europe’s first polar-orbiting satellite dedicated to meteorology and it complements meteorological satellites of NOAA and other organizations.

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