Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Network

color map of most recent GOES East satellite data covering the East Coast of the United States

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on the Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes.

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Meet the GOES Family


GOES-R Mission PatchThe next generation of geostationary weather satellites.

GOES N-Series

GOES spacecraft on black backgroundThe GOES N-series aided severe storm warnings and advanced weather science.

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Additional Resources

GOES Lithograph
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GOES N-Series (GOES-14) Data Book
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Federal News Radio Interview With Andre Dress
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Educational Materials

GOES- Related Formal Education Lessons
View lesson plans related to the GOES-14 satellite
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NASA's Hurricane Katrina Poster featuring GOES Imagery
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Page Last Updated: March 16th, 2015
Page Editor: Karl Hille