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GOES-16 Sees the Summer Solstice Arrive!

From Launch to Operations: What Happens During NOAA-20’s Checkout Phase

From Launch to Operations: What Happens During NOAA-20’s Checkout Phase

The launch of JPSS-1 was officially deemed a succses about one hour after liftoff on November 18, 2017, when JPSS-1 separated from the upper stage of the Delta II launch vehicle and its solar array deployed. Mission accomplished then, right? Not quite.


The 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space

January 5, 2018: NOAA is pleased to be a sponsor (along with NASA and USGS) of Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space (2018), released today by the National Research Council. We thank the authors and contributors for their work, and we look forward to reviewing their recommendations in greater depth over the coming weeks.

The goal of the survey is to provide expert, consensus recommendations for a forward-looking, integrated and sustainable approach to the U.S. government’s civilian, space-based Earth science programs. The last decadal survey was published in 2007.

NOAA is a leader in providing actionable, environmental intelligence to US citizens and the international community. NOAA’s fleet of advanced satellites operates 24/7, 365 days a year to capture data and imagery that powers weather forecasting models, helps us track severe weather minute-by-minute, and helps us assess short and long-term changes to our climate. We also host one of the most significant archives of environmental data on Earth, spanning million-year-old ice core records to near-real-time satellite images.

Learn more about the survey and find a link to the report.


“The power of our message is enhanced by the data.” -- Jason Vasquez, Conservation Program Director, Coral Reef Alliance.