Detail View: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection: Big Blue Marble

Title: 
Big Blue Marble
Full Description: 
Though all looks peaceful in this image of the big blue marble taken by the GOES 8 weather satellite, one of two weather satellites designed and built by NASA but operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, statistically the United States has the world's most violent weather. In a typical year, the U.S. will endure some 10,000 violent thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and several hurricanes. Improving weather prediction, therefore, always has been a top priority for meteorologists. Since its launch in 1994, GOES 8 has become indispensable for imaging clouds and measuring cloud heights?information scientists need for three- dimensional weather models. A companion weather satellite, GOES 10, was launched in 1997.
Date: 
01/01/1994
NASA Center: 
Goddard Space Flight Center
Publication Information: 
Please note that the image number assigned to this image is not an official NASA number. It is for GRIN database purposes only.
Subject Category: 
Earth Science
Keywords: 
8
Audience: 
General Public
facet_what: 
Earth
facet_where: 
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
facet_when: 
01-01-1994
facet_when_year: 
1994
Image #: 
GOES-8
original url: 
http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2002-000112.html
UID: 
SPD-GRIN-GPN-2002-000112
Center: 
GSFC
Center Number: 
GOES-8
GRIN DataBase Number: 
GPN-2002-000112
Creator-Photographer: 
NASA
Original Source: 
DIGITAL