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How weather satellites have changed the view from up there
30 August 2017
The world's first weather satellite, the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1) launched 57 years ago on 01 April, 1960. Weather satellites have changed how humans view the future, making it possible to foresee weather-related disasters before they arrive and better prepare for them.
The first images from TIROS-1 included blurry thick bands and clusters of clouds over the United States and a typhoon approximately 1,000 miles east of Australia. Since that time, scientists and engineers have continued to develop more sophisticated weather satellite and communications satellite technologies.
Image credit: NASA - TIROS undergoes vibration testing at the Astro-Electronic Products Division of RCA in Princeton, New Jersey.