1 April 1960 the first earth orbit satellite TIROS 1
February 19, 2013 in Science
Wednesday, 26 January 2011: 4:15 PM
TIROS 1, the Television Infra-Red Observation Satellite, was launched 50 years ago on April 1, 1960 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first satellite designed to observe clouds from space and is the precursor to dozens of meteorological operational and research satellites. TIROS only lasted 3 months, but it made 1,392 orbits and took nearly 23,000 pictures. The NASA Goddard Library has a rare and unique collection of 26 bound volumes of TIROS 1 photography prepared by the Navy in 1961 specifically for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This talk will highlight the collection, attempts contemplated to preserve it, and revelations that the “first” image from TIROS, widely distributed around the internet (and even by NOAA and NASA), was not the first photo, nor even taken on the first day of operations!
more information and our own press images http://awe130.nl/index.php/the-news-awe130/18-tiros-1.html
NASA has still not correct there archives even when the GSFC has proven that their information is incorrect. Still today NASA does still today display the wrong image as the first ever image taken from earth orbit. Also we have more TIROS 1 images in our press photo archive http://awe130.nl/index.php/press-photos.html