National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS)

History of NOAA Satellites

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Our satellites have had many distinguished and storied careers for over 50 years. From monitoring the nation’s most extreme weather events to second “lives” as communications lifelines, NOAA satellites have done it all.

Want to know what some of the earliest meteorological satellites, weather imagery, and rocket launches looked like?

- First images from space

- Historic launch photos

- Early polar and inclined orbit satellites

- Early GOES satellites



NOAA Satellites History Timeline