NASA to launch new Earth-observing satellite (AP)

In this Sept. 15, 2011 photo provided by NASA, workmen perform final tests on NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. NASA is set to launch this Earth-observing satellite to test new technologies aimed at improving weather forecasts and monitoring climate change. (AP Photo/NASA, Ball Aerospace)AP - After a five-year delay, an Earth-observing satellite will be launched to test new technologies aimed at improving weather forecasts and monitoring climate change.

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