42-year anniversary of the GOES program

October 16th, 2017 |

A sample Visible (0.65 µm) image from GOES-1 is shown below (courtesy of Tim Schmit, NOAA/NESDIS/ASPB and the SSEC Data Center), after the satellite had been positioned over the Indian Ocean to support the Global Atmospheric Research Program. The first GOES-1 image was broadcast on 25 October 1975.

GOES-1 Visible (0.65 µm) image, 0930 UTC on 01 January 1979 [click to enlarge]

GOES-1 Visible (0.65 µm) image, 0930 UTC on 01 January 1979 [click to enlarge]

40 Years of GOES Imagery

October 16th, 2015 |
GOES-1 Visible Imagery, 17 January 1983 [click to animate]

GOES-1 Visible Imagery, 17 January 1983 [click to animate]

On October 16, 1975, GOES-A was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida (NESDIS Link). After achieving orbit, it was renamed GOES-1 and it broadcast its first image on October 25 of that year. The animation (mp4) above is from January 1983, when GOES-1 was operating as GOES-West. GOES-1 was in service for 10 years; it was decommissioned in March of 1985.