LDCM (Landsat) Launches on schedule

LDCM Launch

LDCM Launch

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission is now in orbit, after launching Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. The satellite is power positive and the solar array is extended. After about three months of testing, the U.S. Geological Survey will take control and the mission, renamed Landsat 8, will extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.The Landsat mission hold a record for the longest running continuous mission, over 40 years.

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