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NOAA Photo Library Image - spac0576

Conceptual diagram of NOAA satellite systems. NOAA operates two satellite systems. Geostationary satellites (GOES) orbit the Earth at a speed equal to its rotation, so they seem to be held in one place, providing continuous coverage of the western hemisphere. Polar orbiting satellites continuously orbit the earth from pole to pole and provide worldwide coverage.

Image ID: spac0576, NOAA In Space Collection
Credit: NOAA NESDIS Environmental Visualization Laboratory

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