Meteorology: Watching the World's Weather

Satellite pictures of all the world's weather were made available to all the world last week—and at bargain rates. With about $32,000 worth of standard components, any country that is interested can put together a station capable of querying Tiros VIII, the newest weather watcher that the U.S. has fired into orbit.

Slow Reading. Earlier Tiros satellites stored their pictures on magnetic tape, then transmitted a large batch while passing over expensive installations at Fairbanks, Alaska, Point Mugu, Calif., and Wallops Island, Va. By the time the views from space were forwarded to the world's meteorologists by radio facsimile, they...

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