From Flickr: “First TV Image from Space” by NASA on The Commons

Description The Television InfraRed Observational Satellite (TIROS) 1 was the first weather satellite. Launched into a polar orbit equipped with two TV cameras, TIROS 1 was operational for only 78 days but demonstrated the feasibility of monitoring planet Earth’s cloud cover and weather patterns from space. TIROS satellites eventually began continuous coverage in 1962 and enabled accurate worldwide weather forecasts and alerts. Above is the first TIROS TV image, taken from an altitude of about 700 kilometers. Crude by contemporary standards, it represents the beginning of what is still one of the most important continuing applications of space technology. This was the first photo of Earth from a weather satellite.

Image ID: 324271main_tiros_full
Date: April 1, 1960

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