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George W. Mindling, a Weather Bureau official in Atlanta, Georgia, wrote prophetic lines as part of a group of "Weatherman Poems" in 1939.

Twenty-one years later, George Mindling's prophetic poem ceased to be prophesy and became fact with the launching of TIROS I on April 1, 1960.

TIROS is an acronym for Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite. Data from this first meteorological satellite was processed at the Weather Bureau's Meteorological Satellite Laboratory. This laboratory ultimately evolved into the satellite operations of NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

Since those first exciting days, satellite systems have become an intrinsic part of weather forecasting, oceanography, terrestrial mapping, and hazard detection. NESDIS and its ancestor organizations have processed, interpreted, and archived millions of satellite images that were acquired by those early systems and the thirty or so NOAA owned and operated satellites that have done so much to protect and warn the citizens of the United States. This album of images is a pictorial history of only a small part of those accomplishments.

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