The Meteorological Satellite: Overview of 25 Years of Operation

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Science  31 Jan 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4737, pp. 455-462
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4737.455


The first weather satellite was launched on 1 April 1960. In the 25 years since, weather satellites have contributed to improved weather analyses and forecasts worldwide. As a maturing component of a global observing system, the meteorological satellite promises even greater financial benefits and a higher quality of life to mankind.