Stunning image of Earth from NOAA/NASA GOES-18 meteorological satellite

(ORDO NEWS) — The meteorological satellite GOES-18 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with the support of NASA , was launched into low Earth orbit on March 1, 2022 and became the third device of the “GOES-R group”. The expected service life of the apparatus is 15 years.

Key objectives of GOES-18:

  • Heavy rain monitoring and flash flood threat detection;
  • Detection of forest fires and assessment of their intensity;
  • Control of the spread of smoke and dust in the Earth’s atmosphere;
  • Early warning of the threat of a lightning strike to the ground;
  • Air quality monitoring;
  • Observation of clouds and fog;
  • Planning of safe aviation routes;
  • Forecasting and studying hurricanes;
  • Warning of communication and navigation failures, as well as power outages;
  • Thunderstorm and/or tornado advance warning;
  • More accurate monitoring of energetic particles responsible for radiation hazards.

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