NASA has started a new program and South Africa can’t deal with the name

NASA POES project

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.


Okay, its 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 explain 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.

Sources: NASA
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  1. Toby Goss

    October 1, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Good for giggle

  2. Worrsie

    October 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Its funny that NASA are starting a poes farm in space.
    It let me contemplate to relocate to poes place in space. It might become the 1 space hotel with in the next 10 to 20 years. Then you can say we are going to poes place in space. LoL the next spacestation is POES
    P= planetary
    O= Observator – POES
    E= exploration
    S= station

  3. anna

    October 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    As long as Nasa is not going to interfere in geoengineering projects that forces cloud and rain formations that is causing the hurricanes in america and noncence or use us as a springboard to trigger tsunamis from Antarctica. please can someone in south africa wake up to this and check it out. who gives them the permission to place space stations in south africa

    • PoesKwaiBra

      November 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Can’t you just enjoy the comments like everyone else and shut the fuck up

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