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MetOp-C launch closes final chapter on historic POES program

17 December 2018

The Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) project can claim a number of firsts in its 40-year history. It was the nation's first to provide global search and rescue capabilities from space. Its NOAA-10 and NOAA-11 satellites captured the first cloudless photograph of the entire planet Earth, pieced together using thousands of images. And its advanced data collection system, which pulled environmental data from buoys, balloons, tagged sea animals and streams, inspired a major citizen science effort on the ground and in classrooms around the country.

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Mount Triglav, Slovenia

Copernicus Sentinel-2A takes us over Mount Triglav in Slovenia. At 2,800 m above sea level, the mountain is the highest in the country.

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