National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS)

The World According to Weather Satellites

Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the First Weather Satellite


On April 1, 1960, the first operational weather satellite, TIROS-1, launched from Cape Canaveral. This multimedia storymap looks at the value and importance of the nation's weather satellites and the game-changing moments in their 60-year history. Read more about how our satellites help protect life and property in this joint NOAA/NASA story map, powered by Esri.