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Latest Earth satellite launches from Calif. coast



Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.

Latest Earth satellite launches from Calif. coast

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying an Earth-observing satellite has launched on a mission to track changes to the planet’s natural resources.

The Atlas V rocket lifted off today under mostly clear skies from Vandenberg Air Force Base along California’s central coast.

The $855 million Landsat mission, headed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, is the eighth in a series that began in 1972. For four decades, the Landsat satellites have tracked retreating glaciers, drought conditions, agricultural crop output and deforestation.

The newest Landsat carries instruments that are more powerful than its predecessors. It’ll send back images to ground stations in South Dakota, Alaska and Norway.


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1VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Now they can watch us clip our toenails in our backyards or count the number of outside electrical outlets we have that are not GFI protected.

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