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.
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.