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GOES-17 releases 'First Light' imagery from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)

31 May 2018

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While experts continue to address an issue with the cooling system of the satellite's imager, new views from GOES-17 show that its ABI is providing beautiful – and useful – imagery of the Western Hemisphere. This imagery was created using two visible bands (blue and red) and one near-infrared "vegetation" band that are functional with the current cooling system performance.

The imagery also incorporates input from one of the ABI's "longwave" infrared bands that is functional during a portion of the day despite the cooling system issue.

Source: NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Image credit: NOAA/NASA - GOES-17 took this stunning, full-disk snapshot of Earth's Western Hemisphere from its checkout position at 12:00 p.m. EDT on 20 May, 2018, using the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. GOES-17 observes Earth from an equatorial vantage point approximately 22,300 miles above the surface.

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