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VISSR/GOES-2 Infrared Imagery on 70mm Film V001 (VISSRGOES2IMIR) at GES DISC

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

VISSRGOES2IMIR is the Visible Infrared Spin-Scan Radiometer (VISSR) Infrared Imagery on 70mm Film data product from the second Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-2). This set of IR imagery (10.5 to 12.5 micrometer) was originally produced on commercial image-generation equipment from digital tapes and was made available on 70-mm film, from which they were later scanned to digital TIFF image files. Each TIFF scan contains 2 or 3 pictures, and there are several hundred scans from an original 70 mm film roll which are combined into a ZIP file. Each picture contains a title on the top boundary and a 33-level gray scale on the right boundary that represents brightness temperatures. It may have a combination of the following options: 1) contrast enhancement, 2) image sectorization, and 3) 1/16-size imagery. The maximum effective size covers 500 sq km, represented by 4000 by 3904 pixels. Each element has a maximum resolution of 3.7 km. The title contains the satellite identification, picture number, picture type, coordinate numbers of the top left pixel relative to the visible sensor, start time of sectorized image, and pixel scaling and sector size identification.

The GOES-2 satellite was parked over the equator at longitude 75W from 1977 through 1978 viewing the hemisphere below the satellite. The VISSR experiment was operated by the NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), as well as scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

This product was previously available from the NSSDC with the identifier ESAD-00028 (old ID 77-048A-01C).

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date December 1, 2022
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

Metadata Source

Harvested from NASA Data.json

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Typical GOES-2 VISSR visible 70mm film image.

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date December 1, 2022
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C2387011192-GES_DISC
Data First Published 2018-03-21
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2018-03-21
Category GOES, geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Citation NOAA NESDIS. 2022-08-22. VISSRGOES2IMIR. Version 001. VISSR/GOES-2 Infrared Imagery on 70mm Film V001. Greenbelt, MD, USA. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC). Digital Science Data.
Data Presentation Form Digital Science Data
Graphic Preview Description Typical GOES-2 VISSR visible 70mm film image.
Graphic Preview File
Harvest Object Id 17791bce-950d-4999-93fa-54c1babcaa8e
Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial -165.0 -90.0 15.0 90.0
Program Code 026:001
Release Place Greenbelt, MD, USA
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash faea74eb9786f41792149dfc7e22f26546ede65db710a4707484f8335b2c13a0
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 1977-08-29T00:00:00Z/1979-01-03T23:59:59.999Z

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