Today at 1:11pm CST Houston time, Landsat 9 will join it’s sister satellite , Landsat 8, in orbit. Once Landsat 9 arrives in outer space, it will begin collecting images from across the planet, every eight days! by collection this data, it will continue the Landsat program, which began in 1972. The Landsat Program’s main mission is to monitor the health of planet Earth. It also helps people manage essential resources, like crops, irrigation water and forests.
In fact, if you’ve used Google Earth, then you’ve seen images of our home planet that only a satellite can bring you. Many of these images come come from previous Landsat satellites and are all part of the Landsat mission, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Images from Landsat 9 will be added to nearly 50 years of free and publicly available date and information from the mission, since 1972. This would be the longest date record of Earth’s landscapes ever taken from outer space.
You can follow this history making launch by clicking on to this NASA LIVE LINK.