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The First Operational Images of Himawari

Outlines and Activities.

GMS to Himawari

The Meteorological Satellite Center (MSC) has been operating the Himawari series of geostationary meteorological satellites since 1978.
The following pictures are the first operational images from GMS, MTSAT and Himawari-8.
( Clicking on the images below or Click to enlarge will display larger versions of the images. )

The first operational image of GMS The first operational image of GMS-2
GMS
00 UTC on April 6,1978
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GMS-2
06 UTC on December 21, 1981
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The first operational image of GMS-3 The first operational image of GMS-4
GMS-3
06 UTC on September 27, 1984
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GMS-4
00 UTC on December 14, 1989
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The first operational image of GMS-5 The first operational image of MTSAT-1R
GMS-5
00 UTC on June 21, 1995
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MTSAT-1R
03 UTC on June 28, 2005
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The first observational images of MTSAT-2 The first observational images of Himawari-8
MTSAT-2
(The first observational image)
02 UTC on May 11, 2006
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Himawari-8
True-color composite
(The first observational image)
02:40 UTC on December 18, 2014
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Last updated 5 March 2009 (E)