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April 1960 - Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) Launched

The Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) was launched to observe weather patterns on Earth. Scientists realized early on in the space program that satellites could be used not only for observing the universe, but observing the Earth. Although TIROS ceased taking pictures two months later, it captured over 22,500 pictures of the Earth’s weather. With the improving antenna downlink capabilities throughout the years, the satellites were able to downlink higher resolution photos at higher rate.

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