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NOAA Releases Spectacular First Images From New GOES-16 Satellite

NOAA Releases Spectacular First Images From New GOES-16 Satellite

A new weather satellite has relayed its first images of Earth back to scientists, and the new collection, which includes an updated version of the iconic "Blue Marble" image of Earth, is simply stunning. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the image, taken by an imager built in Melbourne by Harris Corporation.

The new satellite, called GOES-16, is the first of four cutting-edge weather satellites - collectively known as GOES-R - to be launched into space, and the 16th GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) mission in all.

The satellite is expected to become fully operational in November, about a year from its launch.

The Advanced Baseline Imager on the satellite takes high-resolution pictures in 16 spectrums.

This composite color full-disk visible image is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017 and was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument.

Compare this to the Full Disk image from the GOES-13 satellite, which was launched in 2010 and has been serving as the "GOES-East" satellite, returning imagery of the eastern half of North America, the Atlantic Ocean and all of South America, ever since.

NOAA Releases Spectacular First Images From New GOES-16 Satellite
NOAA Releases Spectacular First Images From New GOES-16 Satellite

In May 2017, NOAA will announce the planned location for GOES-16. GOES-16 will be able to provide a new full image of the Western Hemisphere from its orbit 22,300 miles above the earth every 15 minutes.

Below is the most detailed full-disk photo of Earth ever taken - and the United States government is now downloading a fresh version of it every 15 minutes.

The other satellites in the GOES fleet are based on technology developed in the 1990s, so GOES-16 is a huge leap forward. It will boost the nation's weather observation network. At that time, it will be maneuvered into position as either GOES-East or GOES-West.

Following on the heels of GOES-R will be, GOES-S, the second of four spacecraft in the series.

GOES-16 close-up view of the United States northeast, Jan 15, 2017. Looking closely, smoke from a fire can be seen on the Southern coast in the middle of the picture, just west of the Yucatan Peninsula.




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