MetOp-C first image

NOAA received the first global pseudo color image using the first consecutive full day data from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) onboard Metop-C, which was launched on November 7, 2018. AVHRR will provide daily global monitoring of cloud cover, vegetation, fire, land and sea surface temperature, snow and ice detection, and other geophysical parameters. This image is produced by the Center for Satellite Applications and Research at NOAA/NESDIS.

MetOp-C Launch

Metop-C launched on November 7, 2018 from French Guiana on a Soyuz rocket. This satellite completes the series of polar orbiting meteorological satellites that make up Europe’s contribution to the Initial Joint Polar System. Metop-C carries four NOAA instruments that collect data needed for accurate weather forecasting and space weather monitoring. (Image credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - JM. Guillon)


This year we will launch a radio occultation mission called COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7. COSMIC-2 is a 6 satellite constellation that will provide operational and research users with the next-generation of Global Navigational Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) data. NOAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on this satellite program. (Image credit: SSTL)

Illustration of the variety of observing systems

TPIO, one of OPPA's three divisions, conducts valuable analysis of NOAA's observing systems requirements and capabilities using state-of-the-art computational models, techniques, and methodologies. To learn more about how OPPA can help you, please visit the TPIO website by clicking the image above. »
Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth. This color image of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The primary objective of DSCOVR, is to maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA. To learn more about EPIC, click the above image. »

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on-board NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured this unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth in July 2015. From a series of test images, we can now see the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth. The test images were taken between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, showing the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America. Watch the NASA video on YouTube at To see a high-res version of this video, click on the image above.