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GOES-16 Launch
As the Earth completes its 2017 journey around the Sun, NOAA's fleet of satellites had an amazing view along the way. This year, the NOAA Satellite and Information Services (NESDIS) team championed its commitment to provide data that matters to the American people, and helped create a Weather-Ready Nation. Here’s a look back at some of our proudest moments from the past year.
Satellite imagery of sea surface temperature anomalies, October 2017.
p { width:900px; } The ocean is home to critical coral reef ecosystems that provide a home to millions of plant, fish and marine animal species. Coral reefs are often called the “rainforests of the sea”. They are some of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. They account for just 0.1% of the ocean, but are home to a quarter of all marine species. Around the globe, some of the corals which provide the base of these fragile habitats are dying. When water temperatures rise above normal levels for too long, corals expel algae that live in their tissue and their white skeleton is exposed. This bleaching process leaves coral vulnerable and stressed which can result in death. The reefs are also threatened by human activities including pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, and global climate change. 
An Image Illustration of the GOES-R Satellite
NOAA GOES-16, the newest and most advanced geostationary weather satellite, will begin moving into its operational orbit on November 30 - just over a year after it was first launched. After a three-week transition period known as "drift", NOAA GOES-16 will replace NOAA GOES-13 as the primary satellite monitoring the skies over the Western Hemisphere. Here is everything you need to know about GOES-16's journey to its new orbital position.
NOAA JPSS-1 Swath Width Illustration
p { width:900px; } NOAA satellites have the capability to provide astounding views of the Earth. But many people want to know if these satellites can see their house, or even through their roofs and walls to the people inside.
NOAA Satellites is Feeling Thankful this Thanksgiving
NOAA satellites tend to see the ‘big picture’ a lot. Looking at Earth from 22,240 miles back (GOES-16’s home in the sky), allows us to see some really big things to be thankful for all the time. So this Thanksgiving we thought we’d take a much closer look at some of the smallest things we appreciate here at NOAA. This Thanksgiving, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service team wants to thank the little guys.
Halloween Zombie Satellites GIF Animation
If you’re prepared for ghosts, ghouls and goblins this Halloween, you might want to also consider zombies...satellites that is. 
Unusually hot days are becoming much more common. Prolonged periods of these unusually hot days - known as heat waves - are serious weather phenomena that can be deadly. Heat wave length, intensity, and frequency are all expected to continue increasing, posing a pressing public health concern both in the US and around the globe. This new tool is designed to communicate the risk of extreme heat and support planning on multiple time scales to reduce health risks. 
Hurricane Wilma Photo
As for vampires, ghosts and goblins, well we can’t be sure...but double eyed hurricanes, now that’s a topic we can sink our teeth into!
GOES-T Satellite Photo
While meteorologists continue marveling at the startling imagery and data from NOAA’s new Geostationary Operational Environmental (GOES) satellite, GOES-16, progress continues on the remaining satellites in the series. When GOES-16 launched in November 2016, it was known as GOES-R but  was renamed GOES-16 once it  reached geostationary orbit. The next satellite in the series, GOES-S, is now fully integrated, finished with environmental and mechanical testing and preparing for launch in spring 2018. Meanwhile, the primary subassemblies of the GOES-T satellite were recently brought together in a successful mate operation.