Fifty years ago NASA launched TIROS-1, the first US weather satellite
Every once in a while it's nice to take a step back from weather analysis and appreciate the technologies that make it possible. On May 20, 2010 NASA went back in time with new video of the first U.S. Weather Satellite. The Television Infrared Observation Satellite, known as TIROS-1, was the world's first weather satellite. Fifty years ago in 1960 it lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Now, a television producer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has created a video to capture this historic satellite's life.
TIROS I (or TIROS-1) was launched at 6:40 AM EST on April 1, 1960 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the United States.
NASA-Television producer Vicky Weeks created a video about TIROS-1 that made its debut at event at the National Capitol on May 20, 2010. The event, called "The Climate Connection – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of TIROS" was hosted by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
The video begins with sobering imagery of the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas, and claimed over 8,000 lives. Then it takes the viewer on a brief history of weather observation that leads to the birth of the National Weather Bureau in 1870, and the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer's first computerized forecast in 1950