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False-colour view of the whole Earth, made by an unidentified Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and centred on the Americas. The image has been colour coded so that water appears as blue, land as red and cloud as white. The GOES series was introduced in 1975. Two of these geostationary satellites are kept on station to monitor weather systems on both coasts of the USA. This allows early identification of hurricanes and other storms. GOES uses a visible/infrared scanning sensor to collect data, later models also having an atmospheric sounder for making humidity measurements. The next generation of GOES will be introduced in 1992.
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