Landsat 9 Launch Continues 50-year Legacy

The Landsat 9 remote sensing satellite has been successfully launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch took place at 4:12am (AEST) on Tuesday, 28 September, from the Vandenberg Space Force Base Launch Complex 3E in California. The mission is a joint effort between NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS). According to NASA, Landsat 9 is “performing as expected” as it transits to its final orbital altitude of 705 kilometres.

“NASA uses the unique assets of our own unprecedented fleet, as well as the instruments of other nations, to study our own planet and its climate systems,” said NASA Administrator, Bill Nelson.

“With a 50-year data bank to build on, Landsat 9 will take this historic and invaluable global program to the next level.”

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