The United States has a rich history of weather satellites. This narrated movie chronicles the evolution of satellites from the launch of the Sputnik spacecraft to NOAA's most recent GOES-R series of weather satellites. The Sputnik spacecraft set the stage for the exploration of the Earths weather and climate using instruments like those found on the first successful weather, Explorer 7. The video presents remote sensing fundamentals, highlights technological developments and ultimately delves into exciting advances associated with the GOES-R satellite series.
The GOES-R geostationary series satellites (GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T, GOES-U) provides continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere; including total lightning data and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data.
A collaborative effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), allowed for the developed of GOES-R, revolutionizing satellite meteorology and weather forecasting for the 21st century.
This video provides the foundation for any Earth orientated Science On a Sphere presentation, or may be used as a stand-alone in automated SOS programming.