Landsat 5 is the fifth satellite of the Landsat program. It was launched on
March 1st, 1984, with the primary goal of providing a global archive of
satellite photos. The Landsat Program is managed by ... USGS, and data from Landsat
5 is collected and distributed from the USGS's Center for Earth Resources
Observation and Science (EROS).
Landsat 5 has significantly exceeded its designed life expectancy, and has a
maximum transmission bandwidth of 85 Mbit/s. It was deployed at an altitude of
705.3 km, a lower orbit than Landsat 4. It takes some 16 days to scan the
entire Earth. The satellite is an identical copy of Landsat 4 and was
originally intended as a backup - it therefore carries the same instruments,
including the Thematic Mapper and Multi-Spectral Scanner. The Multi-Spectral
Scanner was powered down in 1995.
[Summary provided by NASA.]