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What is Landsat and when did it begin?

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

On July 23, 1972, in cooperation with NASA, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-1) was launched. It was later renamed Landsat 1. Additional Landsat satellites followed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Landsat 7 was launched in 1999. Landsat 8,  launched on February 11, 2013, is the most recent satellite in the series.  

Both Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 are currently in orbit and collecting data. Landsat 9 is in development, with a launch scheduled for late 2020.

 

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Tags: Land Use And Land Cover, Remote Sensing, Landsat, Satellites, Education, Imagery, Monitoring, Sensors