EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The world's first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched on October 4, 1957, by the Soviet Union.
The launch of this satellite and subsequent one's since then revolutionized the way we were able to view the weather by detecting storm systems and hurricanes.
Satellites play a crucial part in our ability to detect the weather, and more importantly, forecast the weather and the impacts they may have on our citizens.
Earlier this week, NASA launched the GOES-R satellite, one that will serve as a quantum leap in weather forecasting for years to come.
According to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, "GOES-R's instruments will be capable of scanning the planet five times faster and with four times more resolution than any other satellite in our fleet. With these new instruments and powerful new capabilities, GOES-R will strengthen NOAA's ability to issue life-saving forecasts and warnings and make the United States an even stronger, more resilient Weather-Ready Nation."
The ability to detect objects and landmasses in ways we have never seen before will provide us with a vital blueprint in understating our atmosphere and the forces that act upon them over time.
It should be noted that the use of GOES-R will not be fully operational until about a year from now as they have to test out the new instruments and make sure all working parts are operating smoothly.
For more on the significance of this new series of satellites being launched in the near future, you can read more at https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-successfully-launches-noaa-advanced-geostationary-weather-satellite.