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October 23, 2017 – NASA Awards Landsat 9 Launch Services Contract

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. (Read More)

March 1, 2017 - Historic Landsat 5 launched 33 years ago today

On March 1, 1984, Landsat 5 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Landsat 5 was designed and built at the same time as Landsat 4 and carried the Multispectral Scanner System (MSS) and the Thematic Mapper (TM) instruments. (Read More)

February 11, 2013 - The Launch of LDCM

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:02 a.m. PST on February 11, 2013. In about 100 days, the USGS will take control and the spacecraft, will be renamed Landsat 8, and data will be made available to all users at no charge. (See More)

January 9, 2013 - Watch LDCM launch prep

LDCM now resides at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but there are still necessary steps to complete to get ready for launch on February 11, 2013.

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November 9, 2011 - LDCM Launch Schedule Change

Due to changes in the launch manifest, the LDCM Launch Readiness Date has been changed from no earlier than December 1, 2012 to no earlier than January 15, 2013.

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