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[LDCM Update, 2013-02-11]
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft is safely in orbit and sending telemetry back to Earth after a 1:02 p.m. EST liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V ... 401 rocket. The on-time liftoff followed a smooth countdown at Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 3.
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[Text Source: NASA LDCM Mission Homepage, http://ldcm.nasa.gov/ ]
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science, and government.
The Landsat Program provides repetitive acquisition of high resolution multispectral data of the Earth's surface on a global basis. The data from the Landsat spacecraft constitute the longest record of the Earth's continental surfaces as seen from space. It is a record unmatched in quality, detail, coverage, and value.
More Information: http://ldcm.nasa.gov/