Model, Meteorological Satellite, Tiros
- RCA Astro Electronics
- This is a 1/2 scale model of Tiros (Television Infrared Observation Satellite) I, the world's first weather satellite, launched in April 1960. The model, built by RCA, the manufacturer of the actual Tiros satellite, uses a color-coded scheme to explain the internal make-up of the spacecraft.
- Using a television-camera system, Tiros I imaged large swaths of the Earth's surface, allowing forecasters and scientists to see directly for the first time the large-scale features of our planet's weather systems. Tiros I led to the start of separate, but technically similar civilian and military space-based weather observation programs. The civilian Tiros program is still in operation today and, in conjunction with other weather satellites, has made space-based observations a commonplace part of television weather reports.
- This artifact was transferred to the Museum from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1965.
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- Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Plastic, aluminum
- Overall (not including stand and antennas): 1ft 4in. x 1ft 9 1/4in. (40.64 x 53.98cm)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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