Landsat 9, a NASA satellite built to monitor the Earth’s surface, was successfully launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
A joint mission with the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Landsat 9 was launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Vandenberg 3E Space Complex. Norway’s Svalbard satellite monitoring station received signals from the spacecraft about 83 minutes after launch. The Landsat 9 is performing as expected as it travels to its final orbital altitude of 438 miles (705 kilometers).
“NASA uses the unique assets of our unprecedented fleet, as well as the instruments of other nations, to study our planet and its climate systems,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
“With a 50-year-old database to build, Landsat 9 will take this historic and invaluable global program to the next level. “We look forward to working with our partners in the US Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior again at Landsat Next, because we never stop advancing our work to understand our planet.”
“This is a major achievement in the nearly 50-year-old joint partnership between USGS and NASA, which, for decades, has partnered to gather valuable scientific information and use that data to shape policy. with the greatest scientific integrity, ”said Home Secretary Deb Haaland.
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