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European Meteosat meteorological Satellite, 1981.


European Meteosat meteorological Satellite, 1981.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Meteosat 1 was launched on 23 November 1977 into a geostationary orbit over the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It took more than 40,000 infrared and visible images of the earth's cloud cover in its two year operational life. The experimental Meteosat 1 was followed by a series of operational Meteosats keeping a continuous watch on our weather from their geostationary orbit over the Greenwich meridian.

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