Since the first Landsat launch in 1972, the satellites have been key witnesses to history, documenting the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The $855 million mission continues a four decade legacy of keeping a continuous eye on Earth's glaciers, forests and shorelines from space.
On the eve of the launch, Bolden reflected on the program's longevity, noting that the satellites have given people unprecedented views of Earth.
seaside military base to continue a mission to document changes to the planet's natural resources. local time, more than an hour after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base under mostly clear skies.
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global crop output, shrinking glaciers and the effects of urban sprawl.
Mission controllers tracked the rocket's path as it streaked in a southwesterly direction over the Pacific and climbed into space. Cheers erupted in the control room when controllers received word of spacecraft separation.
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"Give yourselves a pat on the back, shake each other's hand, hug each other, cry a little bit and then go celebrate," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr., who tracked the launch from mission control.
The newest Landsat is equipped with sensors that are more powerful than its predecessors. Orbiting 440 miles above Earth, the satellite will zip around the planet 14 times a day, snapping hundreds of pictures that will be Nike Air Force Low Tops
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The latest satellite will join Landsat 7, launched in 1999. While Landsat 7 continues to provide daily observations, a problem with one of its instruments has cut the amount of data it can gather.
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"Each time we fly, we learn something different we didn't know about Earth," Bolden said Sunday.
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