NASA has started a new program called POES but failed to look at what the acronym might mean in a different language and now the internet can’t keep a straight face.
South Africa – Okay, it’s not new, but it’s recently been found by South Africans and it’s bringing the giggly teenager out in all of us. It’s a serious operation that does incredible work, with a really silly acronym.
The Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) Project is a reimbursable project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The description on NASA’s official website explains that the POES project instruments provide critical operational climate data that is integrated into the weather prediction model used in developing current and extended weather forecasts.
“The POES collect global data on cloud cover; surface conditions such as ice, snow, and vegetation; atmospheric temperatures; and moisture, aerosol, and ozone distributions; and collect and relay information from fixed and moving data platforms. The instruments carried by POES measure energy levels in specific wavelengths, which are telemetered to the ground and input into complex software that generate the products.”
A quick twitter search shows that South Africans have been laughing about the name for a long time… but it only recently caught the attention of the masses.
— Adrian Keith Garden (@AdiKeith777) November 29, 2015
NASA has a long way to go before they top POES which brought out the teenager in every Dutch/Afrikaans speaking chap.
— Jeremy E. Coppin (@endsofinvention) June 18, 2017
— SyerNide 😝 (Dylan) (@Syernide) March 4, 2016
NASA is nou besig om POES kwaai te raak…
— HygduiwelQ (@Hygduiwel_96934) July 29, 2017