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GOES-R Series News | 2022

    January

  • January 13, 2022: Earth from Orbit: Catching Bolides

    Earth from Orbit: Catching Bolides

    On January 1, 2022, there were numerous reports of sonic booms in southwestern Pennsylvania. GOES-16’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) picked up a large flash that wasn’t associated with a thunderstorm. GLM data indicated the source of the mysterious sound to be a bolide, or large meteor exploding in the atmosphere. The GLM onboard GOES-16 and GOES-17 primarily monitors lightning activity. However, it can also detect bolides, and has captured many of these exploding meteors. Loud booms with no visible source can cause a lot of anxiety – especially in populated areas. When GLM is able to quickly confirm the presence of a bolide, it helps calm fears. GLM constantly keeps watch for both lightning and exploding meteor hazards.

  • January 12, 2022: Third Quarter 2021 GOES-R/GeoXO Newsletter

    GOES-T arrives at Kennedy Space Center in November 2021. Photo Credit: NASA/Elizabeth Wilk
    GOES-T arrives at Kennedy Space Center in November 2021. Photo Credit: NASA/Elizabeth Wilk

    The GOES-R/GeoXO quarterly newsletter for October – December 2021 is now available. Goodbye to 2021, a challenging year, which did not at all deter the GOES-R/GeoXO team. Our team continues to accomplish outstanding things—achievements made even more impressive because of the pandemic. In the last quarter of the year alone, we delivered GOES-T to Florida and began readying it for a March 1 launch, executed a number of ground system and mission operations rehearsals and tests to prepare for the GOES-T launch, got the brand-new CCOR instrument through thermal vacuuming testing, received approval to formally initiate the GeoXO Program and received concurrence on proposed program and project acquisition strategies. We can’t wait to see GOES-T on-orbit and GeoXO fully in Phase A.

  • January 6, 2022: GOES-T Art Challenge

    Meet a GOES-R Series Weather Satellite
    Meet a GOES-R Series Weather Satellite

    On March 1, 2022, the United States will be launching its latest weather satellite, called GOES-T. GOES-T is part of a group of NOAA satellites that keep an eye on Earth’s weather from space. Why do we need these weather satellites? The information they collect is used in many ways! In fact, if you’ve ever checked a weather forecast on a phone, computer or television, you’ve used information collected by one of GOES-T’s satellite sisters.

    Challenge: Draw the GOES-T satellite observing the typical weather during this time of year where you live! Is it snowy and cold? Is it sunny and warm? Are there storms or lightning?

    Need some inspiration? Check out this video and comic book to learn more about weather satellites like GOES-T!

    The art challenge is open through Jan. 31. Selected art submissions will appear online and in social media the first week of February.