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On April 1, 1960, the TIROS satellite, designed by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), launched to become the nation’s first weather satellite. That satellite, the Television InfraRed Observational Satellite, or TIROS 1, operated for only 78 days. Also demonstrated the feasibility of monitoring Earth’s cloud cover and weather patterns from space.

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