Fifty Years Ago, the First Weather Satellite Took This Photo


NOAA and NASA yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the first weather satellite

"The first image from the satellite, known as TIROS-1 (Television Infrared Observation Satellite), was a fuzzy picture of thick bands and clusters of clouds over the United States. An image captured a few days later revealed a typhoon about a 1,000 miles east of Australia. TIROS-1, a polar-orbiting satellite, weighed 270 pounds and carried two cameras and two video recorders. Though the satellite only lasted 78 days, its impact is still visible today."

Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:25am ETC by Andy Towle
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