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Satellite captures incredibly sharp image of Earth

“The incredibly sharp images are everything we hoped for based on our tests before launch,” said Stephen Volz, NOAA’s assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services.

This composite color fulldisk image of the Western Hemisphere was captured from NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-16. It was made by using some of the 16 spectral channels available on the satellite’s sophisticated Advanced Baseline Imager.

The photograph shows North and South America and the surrounding oceans. GOES-16 is now observing the planet from an equatorial view and will boost the U.S. weather observation network.