The Most Stunning Earth Images From The Landsat Missions.
These beautifully realistic Earth shots from outer space are spell bounding. In the mid-1960s, stimulated by U.S. successes in planetary exploration using unmanned remote sensing satellites, the Department of the Interior, NASA, and the Department of Agriculture embarked on an ambitious effort to develop and launch the first civilian Earth observation satellite. On July 23, 1972, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-1), later renamed Landsat 1, was launched. When Landsat 5 was launched in 1984, no one could have predicted that the satellite would continue to deliver high quality, global data of Earth’s land surfaces for 28 years and 10 months, officially setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest-operating Earth observation satellite. Landsat 9 is tentatively planned to launch in 2020.
Credit: USGS Landsat Missions
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