I will relate the story of my “dad,” Prof. Verner E. Suomi – considered by many as the father of satellite meteorology, and myself through the years, while space science and remote sensing technology was marching forward. On December 7, 1966, the ATS-1 Satellite and the Suomi Spin Scan Camera blasted into space and over the next weeks was placed into geosynchronous orbit, stationary, over the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The success of this mission made a huge impact on Suomi, the UW, Meteorology, NASA, NOAA, and the world! (& on my life). With Suomi's camera, it's successors, and other NASA, European, & Japanese missions, our view of Earth would never be the same again. I try to give a picture of life before ATS-1, life in 1966-7 and going forward, also how our view of our planet has changed in the last 50 years. Before the space-age, we didn't have a clue about what the Earth looked like from space. With the ATS, GOES, GMS, Meteosat, NOAA, Apollo, Galileo Terra, DSCOVR, Suomi, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, GOES 16, etc. missions, our view continues to evolve.
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