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Forecasters marks 50th anniversary of weather satellites

Fifty years ago on April 1, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and opened a new dimension in weather forecasting.

The first image from the satellite, known as TIROS-1 (Television Infrared Observation Satellite), was a fuzzy picture of thick bands and clusters of clouds over the United States. An image captured a few days later revealed a typhoon about 1,000 miles east of Australia.

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