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Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington          
George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Rani Gran
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
Jan. 16, 2013
Accreditation Open For NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission Launch
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the media planning to cover the launch of NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California must apply for accreditation by Feb. 4.

LDCM will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 3. Liftoff is targeted for 10:04 a.m. PST Feb. 11.

For accreditation, news media should contact 2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun of the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office at Vandenberg by telephone at 805-606-3595, by fax at 805-606-4571, or by email at

Media representatives must provide their full legal name, date of birth and media affiliation. Foreign media also should include nationality and passport number. Legal photo identification will be required upon arrival at Vandenberg.

LDCM, a collaboration between NASA and the United States Geological Survey, is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series. It is poised to expand, improve and advance the long-term record of Earths landscapes while maintaining the heritage of its Landsat predecessors. Once the LDCM satellite is operational, several months after launch, it will be renamed Landsat 8.

The Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch management.
For more information about the LDCM mission, visit


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