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Meteor Shower to Affect Satellites

November 13, 2001
Leonid shower could intensify.

The annual Leonid meteor show will occur from Nov. 14 –21. It is predicted that Leonid meteor shower will be more intense than last year. Satellites may experience anomalies due to electrostatic discharge such as short circuits, power fluctuations, electronic equipment overload and single event upsets. These anomalies could result in satellite disorientation. The meteor show has the potential to affect the entire radio frequency spectrum, including satellite communication links. Visit http://see.msfc.nasa.gov