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NOAA In Space Collection
Catalog of Images

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ESSA 2 TIROS satellite launched on February 28, 1966.
1966 February 28
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Launch of ESSA IV
1967 January 26
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ESSA 3 satellite launched October 2, 1966. Note side mounting of camera as opposed to bottom mount on earlier TIROS satellites.
1966 October 2
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Composite imagery touting the accomplishments of TIROS V
1964 Circa
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The World's Weather as seen by ESSA 3 - this image was assembled from 156 individual photographs obtained over the 24 hours of October 15, 1966. Image clarity and ability to mosaic photos has improved markedly over earlier TIROS systems.
1966 October 15
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Infrared measurements detect boundary of Gulf Stream - the forerunner of today's sea surface temperature mapping derived from infrared sensing data.
1966 June 2
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Hurricane Betsy as seen from TIROS X - note eye of storm
Western Atlantic Ocean 1965 September 3
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Hurricane Betsy as photographed from TIROS IX
Atlantic Ocean 1965 August 30, 8:24 A.M. EDT
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The beginnings of Hurricane Betsy as photographed from TIROS X. Latitude 13 N, Longitude 52 W.
Atlantic Ocean 1965 August 27 10:08 A.M. EDT
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Hurricane Betsy as photographed from TIROS VIII
Atlantic Ocean 1965 September 4
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Hurricane Betsy as photographed from TIROS VII. TIROS VII was on its 11,965th orbit at this time. It was launched on June 19, 1963. Latitude 29 N, Longitude 75W.
Western Atlantic Ocean 1965 September 5
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Hurricane Betsy as photographed from TIROS VII. TIROS VII was on its 11,994th orbit at this time. It was launched on June 19, 1963.
South of Bahamas Islands 1965 September 7 1:00 P.M. EDT
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Early polar-orbiting satellite image of a tropical cyclone.
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Hurricane Beulah as photographed from TIROS VII
1967 August 22
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Launch of ESSA I, the first satellite actually owned and operated by a forerunner of NOAA. Although the Weather Bureau used and studied the data from TIROS I - X, NASA operated these satellites. ESSA I was the first of the TIROS Operational Satellite (TOS) satellites.
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1966 February 3
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TIROS IV lifting off the pad. Launched by 3-stage Thor Delta rocket #317 the satellite was equipped with two television cameras for photographing cloud cover and with infrared sensors to make measurements of the earth's surface, atmosphere, and cloud tops.
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1962 February 8
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TIROS I launch. Launch vehicle was a Thor Able rocket. TIROS I was a test satellite launched by NASA.
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1960 April 01, 0640 EST (1140 GMT)
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TIROS I images of North Pacific storm system on May 19-20, 1960. TIROS I launch on upper left; TIROS I satellite on upper right; processing images on lower left
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TIROS I image of Pacific frontal storm with surface weather map.
1960 May 19-20
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ESSA I, a TIROS cartwheel satellite launched on February 3, 1966.
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TIROS IX, a cartwheel satellite launched by a Thor-Delta rocket on January 21, 1965.
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Delta 37 rocket propelling ESSA II into orbit.
1966 February 28
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Delta 37 rocket propelling ESSA II into orbit.
1966 February 28
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First complete view of the World's Weather - photogaphed by TIROS IX. Image assembled from 450 individual photographs.
1965 February 13
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First complete view of the World's Weather - photogaphed by TIROS IX. Image assembled from 450 individual photographs.
1965 February 13
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A V-2 missile on carrier being readied for launch - these missiles were used for early upper atmosphere studies.
Florida, Air Force Eastern Test Range 1950 July
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A V-2 missile being launched - these missiles were used for early upper atmosphere studies.
Florida, Air Force Eastern Test Range 1950 July 24
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The Delta 37 rocket ready to launch ESSA II
1966 February
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The Delta 37 rocket ready to launch ESSA II
1966 February
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The Delta 37 rocket ready to launch ESSA II
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1966 February
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Launch of ESSA IV
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1967 January 26
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View of tropical cyclone centered near Del Rio, Texas. This picture showed the promise of satellite monitoring of weather. The picture was made from movie cameras mounted in a Navy Aerobee rocket fired from White Sands Proving Ground. Monthly Weather Review, June 1955, p. 121.
Southwest United States 1954, October 5, 1815 GMT
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Artist's conception of TIROS meteorological satellite system showing field of view of wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras on Earth's surface. Graphic in: "Operational Use of Weather Satellites", U. S. Navy Research Facility, Norfolk, Virginia, March 1960. Drawn prior to launch of TIROS I.
1960 March
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View of tropical cyclone centered near Del Rio, Texas. This picture showed the promise of satellite monitoring of weather. The picture was made from movie cameras mounted in a Navy Aerobee rocket fired from White Sands Proving Ground. "Operational Use of Weather Satellites", U. S. Navy Research Facility, Norfolk, Virginia, March 1960.
Southwest United States 1954, October 5, 1815 GMT
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Mosaic of 3 photographs taken from a stabilized camera in the nose cone of an Atlas rocket fired from Cape Canaveral. The 3 photos were taken at an altitude of approximately 400 miles. This preceded the launch of TIROS I by 7 months. In :"Operational Use of Weather Satellites", U. S. Navy Research Facility, Norfolk, Virginia, March 1960.
North Atlantic Ocean 1959 August 24, 1600 GMT
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Cloud cover analysis made from mosaic of three photographs taken from a stabilized camera in the nose cone of an Atlas rocket fired from Cape Canaveral. The 3 photos were taken at an altitude of approximately 400 miles. This preceded the launch of TIROS I by 7 months. In: "Operational Use of Weather Satellites", U. S. Navy Research Facility, Norfolk, Va., March 1960.
North Atlantic Ocean 1959 August 24, 1600 GMT
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NOAA satellite GOES-J mounted on an Atlas Centaur rocket ready for launch. Satellite was launched on May 23, 1995 and became GOES-9 when operational.
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1995 May
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Meteorological satellite NOAA K being readied for launch.
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 1998 April
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The U. S. northeast and mid-Atlantic coast as observed by a polar orbiting operational environmental satellite. Coastline configuration, snow-cover, and cloud cover are all evident in this image. The surface structure of the Appalachian Mountains is also evident as snow covers the ridges.
1994 December 30
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An artist's rendition of the GOES-8 satellite.
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The first image obtained from a GOES satellite. These satellites are put in geostationary orbit over 22, 000 miles from Earth and continuously monitor a significant portion of a hemisphere of the Earth.
1975 October 25 1645 GMT
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First GOES-9 full disk image.
1995 June 12 1745 GMT
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Although not a Weather Bureau satellite being launched, the wetlands and seabirds of Cape Canaveral provide a wonderful forefront for observing this launch.
1965 Circa
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A night launch of meteorological satellite ESSA 9. Pre-launch designated TOS G.
1969 February 26
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A Mercury launch. The Mercury series were manned orbiting vehicles. Many meteorological and earth resource photographs were taken by Mercury astronauts.
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The launch of TIROS I - the birth of the meteorological satellite system
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1960 April 01, 0640 EST
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The launch of TIROS II
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1960 November 23
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TIROS 2 satellite sitting atop a Delta launch vehicle during a mock countdown.
Florida, Cape Canaveral 1960 November 9
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Hurricane Mitch imaged by GOES-8.
Honduras 1998, October 26

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