GOES-16 – most recent weather satellite of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has successfully beamed back the high-resolution images of earth, clicked from space and they are simply jaw-dropping. NOAA recently publicized the pictures for public access on its official website. It is GOES-16’s first set of high-resolution images of Earth. However, in the entire image suite, what shines most is the Emerald Green Rainforests of earth.
GOES-16 is the first next-generation weather spacecraft, owned and operated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The spacecraft was launched on 19th November 2016. It is a part of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system, initiated NOAA. However, it is a collaborative mission of NOAA and NASA which took its wings from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States, back in November.
After its launch, this is the first set of spectacular pictures of earth. The picture suite was taken by the advanced onboard Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument of the spacecraft. The suit of image embraces a number of color full-disk perceptible views of the Western Hemisphere. The spacecraft took the views on 15 January 2017 and are formed using numerous of the 16 spectral channels of ABI. The full-disk and high-resolution pictures are flawlessly marking the stunning views of the earth including the sights of the emerald green rainforests.
The beautiful picture, which is giving the perfect representation of the green tropical forest, was framed on January 15th. In the picture, the spacecraft photographed the gathering of clouds over North and Central America. It also picks out the flourishing bright green of the tropical rain forests in South America. The image of emerald rainforest is among the first image set sent back by GOES-16 weather satellite to the earth. Currently, the spaceship is stationed 22,000 miles over the Earth and is monitoring an unblinking eye on our mother planet.
According to Dr. Louis Uccellini, the director of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, “The image set sent back by GOES-16 is significantly much more than a mere set of pictures. The set is not just the perfect representation of earth’s beauty but also is the most potential guide to the future weather observations and forecasting.