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A Flood Watch continues for our area until Tuesday Evening. Rain will be moving in from the south this afternoon. A cold front will follow later tonight, bring heavy rain tonight. We could see an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain through Tuesday. Drying out for the rest of the week, but turning cooler!
There has been a lot of attention pay toward asteroids since one has struck the earth recently, and today a small Canadian satellite launching from India on will be the first spacecraft specifically designed to search for large asteroids and monitor space junk in the solar system.
The Canadian Space Agency's Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, or NEOSSat, will seek out and track huge space rocks orbiting the sun from its position in Earth orbit. The satellite will also track space debris and satellites still in service in Earth's orbit, splitting time between its two missions.
The NEOSSat spacecraft is about the size of a suitcase and destined to circle the Earth every 100 minutes in an orbit about 497 miles (800 kilometers) above the planet. The satellite will cost roughly $25 million.