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HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) NASA’s mission to continue studying Earth from space continues today, with the launch of the Landsat 9 satellite, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Today at 1:11 p.m. Texas time, Landsat 9 will join its twin satellite, Landsat 8, in orbit. Once Landsat 9 arrives in space, it will start collecting images of the entire planet, every eight days! by collecting this data, it will continue the Landsat program, which began in 1972. The main mission of the Landsat program is to monitor the health of planet Earth. It also helps people manage essential resources, such as crops, irrigation water, and forests.

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In fact, if you’ve used Google Earth, you’ve seen images of our home planet that only a satellite can bring to you. Many of these images come from previous Landsat satellites and are all part of the Landsat mission, a joint venture between NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The Landsat 9 imagery will be added to the mission’s nearly 50 years of free and publicly available data and information since 1972. It is believed to be the longest date of landscape recording ever taken since 2007. space.

You can follow this launch story by clicking on this live link from NASA.

Landsat 9 satellite launched today to take Earth study to a whole new level
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