Heliophage


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July 29, 2009, 9:44 am
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Here’s the first image from GOES 14, currently somewhere over the Galapagos, and due to go into on orbit storage after all its systems are checked out. Pretty impressive to have a satellite system with enough capacity to keep two on orbit spares (14 and 13) backing up the two devoted to the primary mission (11 is acting as GOES West, stationed over a point about 3,000km southeast of Hawaii, 12 as GOES East, stationed over a point close to the northernmost tip of Peru, more or less due south of Philadelphia).

For comparison, here’s the first ever GOES image, from 1975. All told, this has to be a pretty impressive dataset.

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