Landsat 8 Launch
Spacecraft: Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-401
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex-3E
Launch Date: Feb. 11, 2013
Launch Time: 10:02 a.m. PST (1:02 p.m. EST)
Image above: The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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About the Landsat Data Continuity Mission
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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