Earth Observation Mission News
GOES-13 turns 10
24 May 2016
Ten years ago, on 24 May 2006, GOES-13 was launched into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket that took flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NOAA's GOES spacecraft operate as a two-satellite system in geosynchronous orbit above the equator. Orbiting at speeds equal to Earth's rotation, together they provide constant monitoring of the entire Western Hemisphere.
Image credit: NOAA - GOES-East (aka: GOES-13) captured images of the strong storm system that brought hazardous winter weather to the central and southern U.S. on Christmas 2012.