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Thirty-nine years ago today, the first full disk
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Thirty-nine years ago today, the first full disk image of #Earth from a #NOAA #geostationary #satellite (GOES) was taken. This image was taken by GOES-1 on October 25, 1975. GOES-1 was launched on October 16 and had a Visible Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer which provided day and night imagery of cloud conditions. The technology on board NOAA’s current fleet of environmental satellites is much more sophisticated and delivers greater detail for scientists. NOAA’s GOES spacecraft orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth at a speed matching the Earth’s rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. Because GOES satellites stay above a fixed spot on the surface, they provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as #tornadoes, flash #floods, #hail storms, and #hurricanes. When these conditions develop, GOES satellites are able to monitor storm development and track their movements. For more information about NOAA Satellites visit http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/about_satellites.html #amazing #nature #sciencesaveslives #clouds #sky #storm #space(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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