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NASA renames satellite "Suomi" in honour of Finnish pioneer

US space agency NASA has renamed its newest Earth-observing satellite in honour of the late Verner E. Suomi, who as his name implies had Finnish roots.

Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin, was widely recognised as "the father of satellite meteorology."

Suomi spent nearly his entire career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in 1965 he founded the university's Space Science and Engineering Center with funding from NASA.

Suomi’s achievements earned him a National Medal of Science, awarded by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Five years later he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal, whose previous recipients include Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein.

Verner E. Suomi died in 1995 at the age of 79.

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