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Hurricane Isabel captured by NOAA-15
A feat 19 years in the making, NOAA-15 recently made its 100,000th trip around the Earth!
GOES-R mission rehearsal at NSOF. Credit: GOES-R Series Program
The GOES-R team has begun a series of important rehearsals to simulate specific steps in the deployment of the satellite, such as spacecraft separation. Mission rehearsals use a satellite simulator to train operations personnel and test the readiness of the ground system. (The ground system is a global network of receiving stations linked to NOAA which distributes the satellite data and derived products to users worldwide). 
GOES-16 "sandwich" imagery of derecho
GOES-16 offers an amazing look at the derecho that tore through the north-central Plains on July 19, 2017.
Sarsat rescues by month
Summer is here! For many of us, that means summer vacations, and, in general, more time spent outdoors. But we wondered: with nicer weather and more people engaged in outdoor recreation, will the SARSAT system in the United States and surrounding regions receive more calls for help? 
 GOES-16 GLM imagery of Hurricane Eugene and lightning on the mainland
Notice anything interesting about this imagery from GOES-16's Geostationary Lightning Mapper?
GOES-S_1 is the full satellite during an operation to deploy the Antenna Wing Assembly
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of GOES-R, renamed GOES-16 upon reaching geostationary orbit. 
GOES-16 imagery featuring EUMETSAT Dust Enhancement
It's dusty out there. Beyond the research indicating the frequency of dust storms is on the rise around the world, scientists estimate that, on average, about 20 teragrams of dust are suspended in the atmosphere at any given time!
Watch the amount of sunlight reaching the North Pole increase with the coming summer solstice in this animation of GOES-16 visible imagery! 
map of storm with lightning
It’s mid-April 2017 and NOAA’s GOES-16 Field Campaign, a two-month-long effort to calibrate and validate the earth viewing instruments on NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite, has officially entered its second phase. As storm clouds gather, excitement in the field campaign operations center grows. The call was made the evening before. There is going to be a mission this morning— a hunt for lightning.