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Wright Bros
As the nation’s aviation system continues to grow, and a greater number of people are expected to fly more miles each year, the need for satellite data to increase the accuracy and timeliness of aviation forecasts becomes ever more critical.
Satellite image of oil in the ocean from Modis
NOAA's satellites are now among the many vehicles used to provide scientific support during the assessment, response and cleanup phases of an oil spill.
DSCVR Launch
Now that NASA has officially handed over satellite operations to NOAA’s DSCOVR team, its members will optimize the the satellite's instrument settings so it can begin normal operation. p { width:900px; }
Coronal mass ejection
The 1859 Carrington Event, the largest geomagnetic storm in recorded history, crippled a large portion of the telegraph system at the time, with operators reporting fires created from sparking equipment. A similar event today would have a much more severe impact on our technologically dependent society. p { width:900px; }
sea level map
NOAA began monitoring sea level more than 20 years ago, with the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite in 1992. To ensure the continuity of this important record, NOAA launched its newest Jason series satellite, Jason 3, on January 17, 2016. 
map of land surface albedo
Albedo—it’s more than just a fancy word to describe the reflectivity of the Earth. It’s an important, albeit complex, factor affecting our climate—and the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite is helping scientists monitor it.
AK Juris
Thanks to NOAA's satellites and an alert NOAA Fisheries manager, 46 crew members of the Alaska Juris made it to safety when their vessel began taking on water July 26, 2016.
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, ravaging the U.S. Gulf Coast. Although NOAA provided an accurate forecast of Katrina’s track three days in advance, the resulting devastation motivated a concerted effort to significantly advance hurricane modelling, prediction, and warning capabilities within NOAA, as well as the broader scientific community. 
Satellites in various states of completion in clean rooms
Have you ever wondered why satellites appear to be covered in gold or silver foil? Here's your answer!