~ NASA has launched a next generation satellite called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1).
~ It is a joint venture between NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
~ It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
~ It will be renamed NOAA-20 when it reaches its final orbit.
~ JPSS-1 is first multi-day weather forecasts satellite in NOAA's series of four, next-generation environment satellites representing major advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.
~ It is designed to monitor weather around world and help improve forecasts.
~ It is polar-orbiting satellite.
~ JPSS-1 caries five advanced instruments designed to take global measurements of atmospheric, land and sea conditions from sea surface temperatures, volcanic ash, hurricane intensity and many more.