NPP First Light Image

On October 28th NASA launched the NPP mission. This is the newest satellite in it’s fleet of Earth Observation Satellites. The satellite is still being commissioned and most of the science instruments are not yet fully on but the ATMS instrument has released the first official picture from the Satellite.

This is known as “First Light”. When a satellite is launched the first light picture represents the culmination of years of work by scientists and engineer and is a real milestone for any mission.Here is a link to NASA article.

The image above is the actual NPP First light image.

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