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A milestone day for weather satellites

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first weather satellite, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The first image from the satellite, known as TIROS-1 (Television Infrared Observation Satellite), was a fuzzy picture of thick bands and clusters of clouds over the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An image captured a few days later revealed a typhoon about a 1,000 miles east of Australia.

The first satellite lasted only 78 days, but by 1965 meteorologists were combining satellite images to create the first global images of the world’s weather.