Tiros 1

Tiros Weather Satellite (NASA)

Fifty years ago today, on April 1, 1960, the nation’s first weather satellite was launched. The Tiros 1 (Television InfraRed Observational Satellite), designed by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) remained in operation for just 78 days – but it proved that a satellite could be used to monitor earth’s clouds and weather patterns from near-earth space. In all, Tiros returned 22,952 images from space.

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