TIROS and Satellite Meteorology

Satellite Meteorology
TIROS, GOES-R and other Space Satellites


The NOAA Central Library (NCL) developed this website to mark NOAA's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of TIROS I, the first meteorological satellite, launched on April 1, 1960. The website gives a short history of TIROS I and includes the TIROS Bibliography published by the NCL and a Photo and Video Gallery offers a selection of digital videos and over 530 still images on TIROS and various aspects of satellite meteorology.. 

In addition, this page offers a selection of links to significant resources highlighting environmental satellites, satellite meteorology, and related educational websites from with NOAA and from outside agencies and offices.


NOAA Resources

NOAA Satellites: Main page from NOAA for links to satellite information resources.

NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service): NESDIS, also know as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service, provides access to global satellite data and imagery, provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.  Additionally, NESDIS offers educational materials for the general public.  

NOAA Space Weather: This site provides information current and archived space environmental data.  Included are links to the Space Weather Prediction Center, and educational resources for teachers.

GOES SatelliteGOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) is a joint program between NOAA and NASA.  Information about the program, including satellite imagery and project information can be found at the following links:

Additional Resources

NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) often collaborates with NOAA on satellite endeavors.  Within their site the are numerous resources on satellite technology, missions, and projects including the Landsat program.  

U.S. Centennial Flight Commission: Meteorological Satellites: Provides a brief history & timeline of meteorological satellites.



Funding for this project was provided by the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP), National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC. Please credit the NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project when using these documents. Please credit the NOAA Photo Library when using photos, and the NOAA Central Library when using online videos.



For additional information, questions or comments on this page, please contact our Team:
Anna.Fiolek@noaa.gov, 301-713-2607, ext. 147
Library.Reference@noaa.gov, 301-713-2607 ext. 157