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Joint Polar Satellite System

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the Nation's advanced series of polar-orbiting environmental satellites.


Suomi-NPP blue marble images
JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. These data are critical to the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA.

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The above composite images of Earth were created using data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer (VIIRS) on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite. This image is just one of the many different kinds of observations provided by the instruments on Suomi NPP. Suomi NPP provides essential weather observation data to NOAA's National Weather Service and contributes to NASA's study of Earth's climate.

Official Suomi-NPP @ NASA.GOV
Official JPSS web site @ NOAA.GOV
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