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NASA prepares for launch of next earth observation satellite

Published: 8 February 2013

Academics and students from Geography and Environment will be monitoring the skies on Monday 11th February hoping for the launch of the next earth observation satellite.

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space.

LDCM, known as Landsat 8 once in orbit, is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972. The mission will extend more than 40 years of global land observations that are critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture. NASA and the USGS jointly manage the Landsat Program.

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