This Day in Space / Weather History – April 1st, 1960 – TIROS 1 Launched

The first orbiting weather satellite was launched into space on this day in history.

TIROS-1 was launched onboard a Thor-Able rocket into orbit on April 1st, 1960.


Courtesy: NASA / JPL

The unmanned NASA spacecraft would make history as the first weather satellite in orbit. TIROS stood for Television Infrared Observation Satellite. TIROS would lead the way in the now-standard use of satellites for observing and tracking weather around the country and the world.

TIROS-1’s mission was a major success, lasting through June of that year. There were 9 more spacecraft in the TIROS series through 1965.


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