Earth Observation Mission News
MetOp-C launch closes final chapter on historic POES program
17 December 2018
The Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) project can claim a number of firsts in its 40-year history. It was the nation's first to provide global search and rescue capabilities from space. Its NOAA-10 and NOAA-11 satellites captured the first cloudless photograph of the entire planet Earth, pieced together using thousands of images. And its advanced data collection system, which pulled environmental data from buoys, balloons, tagged sea animals and streams, inspired a major citizen science effort on the ground and in classrooms around the country.
As the Metop-C satellite lifted off from the launchpad on 7 Nov., the last of the legacy POES mission instruments were sent into space, closing a final chapter on the historic program. The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is responsible for the construction, integration and launch of NOAA-series satellites.
Image credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Optique du CSG - JM. Guillon - Metop-C launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 7 Nov., carrying four POES-legacy instruments.