Teach PA History
Our Eye in the Sky: The TIROS Weather Satellite
Further Reading

Web Sites

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, "Top Story-Tiros 40th Anniversary-March 30, 2000,"

This news story from the Goddard Space Flight Center at NASA features the 40th anniversary of the first weather satellite launch. In addition to discussing TIROS, it explains about the two different types of satellites and also gives the latest civilian and military merger development with the satellite program.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "NASA,"

This site provides background information on all of the TIROS weather satellites (past and present) and is a great resource for student research for the Venn Diagram or R.A.F.T. assignment. One nice link located right on the home page is called "Eyes on the Earth." Scroll over various satellites to see what short or long-term meteorological information each satellite provides.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "NASA Global Hydrology and Climate Center, Weather Satellite Imagery and Educational Information Links,"

This page provides a number of educational website links which will assist your students in comparing satellite images over time.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "Monitoring the Climate of 2000-April 22, 2000-Earth Day,"

This page was created on April 22, 2000 to honor the 40th anniversary of weather satellites. A section entitled "Improvements in Satellite Imagery/Analyses" will prove particularly helpful to students during their comparisons of satellite images over time. Two images–one from TIROS and one showing more recent hurricanes Floyd and Andrew–are posted side-by-side. Also of interest on the webpage is an image of the first satellite launch.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "National Environment Satellite, Data, and Information Services - NESDIS_Information and History,"

This site provides and excellent summary of the history of weather satellites and includes a link to "Early TIROS Images" that are wonderful photographs of its creation and diagrams of its parts.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Home, "A Satellite for all Seasons-TIROS,"

This page from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum shows a chronological development of satellites and their images beginning with TIROS. A page entitled "Weather or Not" also shows wonderful images of volcanic activities, fires, and dust storms., "TIROS-1: A Look Back On A Weather Satellite That Looked Ahead,"

This article by Alex Canizares discusses the significant and far-reaching achievement of TIROS for the advancement of meteorology. Specific advancements of the satellite technology are included in the article.

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