The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft is safely in orbit and sending telemetry back to Earth following liftoff on Monday aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff occurred at 1:02 p.m. EST from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. 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. (Image Credit: NASA)
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