The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded: Tonight on WeatherBrains

| February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Courtesy Smithsonian.com

Smithsonian Magazine Assistant Web Editor Maya Wei-Haas only knew her grandfather as being retired. but when her grandmother died a few years ago, he came out of his shell. And had a fascinating story to tell.

Maya learned that he was the manager of the NIMBUS weather satellite program in the 1960s. And in the wee hours of May 18, 1968, one of the satellites was lost after an aborted launch. It’s a great story of weather progress and the space race, with some international intrigue sprinkled in for good measure.

She will join the fun and frivolity tonight on the the weekly netcast that’s all about weather. She hopes to inspire others to learn about all of the crazy ways that science shapes our planet.

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Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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