Wednesday, August 17, 2011

50 YA - Tiros 3 finds some storms

Tiros- class satellite.

Fifty years ago, detecting weather from Earth orbit was still in its infancy, but progress was being made. Tiros 3, launched into space aboard a Thor-Delta rocket on November 23, 1960, used its only working television camera to spot two storm cells developing south-southwest of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. These cells had not yet been discovered by ground, air, or sea reconnaissance.

Tiros 3 had originally been equipped with 2 wide-angle cameras but the first failed after 12 days in space. the remaining camera did excellent work, and discovered many storms during the 1961 hurricane season.

We'll be coming back to Tiros 3 on September 10. Stand by for action!

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