This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Collection Item Summary:
In April of 1960, Weather Bureau personnel at Army Signal Corp's Fort Monmouth prepared this nephanalysis (cloud map) from data returned by the TIROS I (Television Infrared Observation Satellite), the first weather satellite. It was the first satellite-based nephanalysis distributed to the meteorological community and signaled the beginning of space-based weather observation.
TIROS I was the world's first weather satellite, allowing forecasters and scientists to see directly large-scale features of the Earth's weather systems. By the mid-1960s, the TIROS program launched a series of satellites to provide routine, daily weather observations. The program is still in operation today and, in conjunction with other weather satellites, has made space-based weather observations a commonplace of contemporary life.
This artifact is autographed by the Weather Bureau personnel who prepared it. J. Gordon Vaeth donated it to the Museum in 1965.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Gift of J. Gordon Vaeth
Nephanalysis: paper; Frame: wood
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 25.4 x 33cm (10 x 13 in.)
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