Into the Heavens
On April 1, 1960, the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) reached orbit and sent back the first serial images of the Earths weather patterns, sparking an era of more accurate weather prediction. Next >>
Still, airplanes were not out of the remote-sensing business. In 1962
imagery from a stratosphere-buzzing U-2 spy plane confirmed the
existence of a Soviet missile base in Cuba. Other planes allowed the U.S. to create an aerial archive and the worlds most accurate maps.