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LDCM Launched Successfully on February 11, 2013!

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science, and government.

The Landsat Program provides repetitive acquisition of high resolution multispectral data of the Earth's surface on a global basis. The data from the Landsat spacecraft constitute the longest record of the Earth's continental surfaces as seen from space. It is a record unmatched in quality, detail, coverage, and value.

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A New Description of Landsat 8 Bands, Courtesy of MapBox

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Landsat Satellite Looks Back at El Paso, Forward to a New Mission

LDCM Spacecraft 06.11.13 – Where the Rio Grande marks the border between the United States and Mexico, the satellite program captured hundreds of images of fields turning green with the season, new developments, and clouds.
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NASA Transfers Landsat 8 Operations to USGS

05.30.13 – NASA transferred operational control Thursday of the Landsat 8 satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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NASA's Landsat Satellite Looks for a Cloud-Free View

Atlas V Rocket 05.22.13 – Scientists studying the Aral Sea's changing ecology and retreating shoreline have looked to Landsat -- and a new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure they get a clear, cloud-free view.
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LDCM Arrives in Final Orbit

LDCM Spacecraft 05.15.13 – After two months of on-orbit testing and calibration, LDCM fired its propulsion system on April 12, 2013, and ascended to its final orbit 438 miles (705 km) above Earth.
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New Public Application of Landsat Images Released

quarter-century of images 05.09.13 – Google has compiled more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space into an interactive time-lapse experience.
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Great Plains with the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado Featured Image:
First Image from LDCM!!!

    Mission Status

    Date Launched: February 11, 2013
    Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base
    Launch Vehicle: Atlas 5
    Design Life: 5 years

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    USGS Landsat

    USGS LDCM website
    The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected information about Earth from space. This science, known as remote sensing, has matured with the Landsat Program.

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    Landsat Science

    Landsat Science website
    For nearly 40 years, the Landsat program has collected spectral information from Earth's surface, creating a historical archive unmatched in quality, detail, coverage, and length.

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    Landsat Education

    Landsat Education website
    By virtue of its long history, Landsat's education and outreach program has spawned many educational resources. The effort continues with what will be the newest in this series of satellites, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). To enable educators seamless access to all of these resources, Landsat and LDCM education are united into one program.

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