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EHIS stands for the Energetic Heavy Ion Sensor
One of the sensors that will fly aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S was recently given a clean bill of health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The sensor, known as EHIS, was successfully tested using the hospital’s proton accelerator and deemed to be in good working order.
Artist's rendition of GOES-1
40 years ago today, on October 16, 1975, NOAA’s first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Known as GOES-A when it launched, the satellite was designated GOES-1 once operational. p { width:900px; }
Image showing engineers putting the cover of GOES-16's crate over the satellite
“Shipping” a satellite calls for something more than a large box and a whole bunch of bubble wrap.
Lagrange Points of the Earth-Sun system (not drawn to scale). Credit: NOAA
Being one million miles from home is no small feat. In fact, it took NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, over 100 days to traverse that distance and reach this unique vantage point.
On June 20, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this coronal mass ejection (CME). A solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. Credit NASA.
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Full Disk Image
GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent its first high-resolution images back to Earth.
A ship at sea in distress
Last year, NOAA satellites assisted in the rescues of 307 people — the highest number since 2007.
This image shows the sea ice concentration on September 17, 2014, along with a yellow line indicating the median sea ice extent for 1981-2010. Credit: NOAA
What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic, especially when it comes to atmospheric changes that first occur in the region and are now impacting the environment toward the south in the form of increased severe weather events.
image showing the different flight patters of Jason-2 and -3
A year has passed since the Jason-3 satellite rocketed into space. To find out what the spacecraft has been up to during those 365 days gone by, we contacted NOAA's Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry for a full report.