April 8, 2010
The GOES-15 Weather Satellite captures its first image of Earth on April 6th at 1:33 p.m. The black and white image shows North and South America with a storm system visible across the United States.
GOES-15 was launched on March 4 from Cape Canaveral, FL. It joins three other NOAA operational GOES spacecraft that help forecasters track weather systems and solar activity that can impact the satellite-based electronics and communications industry.
GOES-15 is the final spacecraft in the latest series of NOAA geostationary satellites. GOES-15 captures higher resolution images of weather patterns and atmospheric measurements than those provided by earlier satellites.
After five more months of tests, NASA will officially hand over GOES-15 to NOAA, which will place the satellite in orbital storage mode. It will be ready for activation if any of NOAA's operational GOES spacecraft experiences trouble.