Early weather satellite images

Early weather satellite images

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Early weather satellite images of Europe. These images are from the TIROS (Television and Infrared Observation Satellite) programme (1960-1966), and the Nimbus satellites (1964-1978). The upper left image is from a TIROS satellite. The lower right image is from a Nimbus satellite. These satellites were the first in a long succession of various weather satellites. Modern weather satellites gather a much wider range of data than these early weather satellites did. The TIROS satellites used television cameras to monitor cloud patterns.

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