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With Landsat 9, the US seeks to guide the future of the Earth with better photos

Landsat 9 onboard Atlas Rocket
Landsat 9 onboard Atlas Rocket. Image: NASA

With an improved Landsat satellite sent into space on Monday, NASA and the U.S. Government stressed the importance of this program to “guide” political and scientific decisions and safeguard natural resources for human survival from the images of the planet that he has captured for almost 50 years.

With the idea of contributing more than 700 photographs daily, NASA launched Landsat 9 into space this Monday, accompanying Landsat 8 in orbit about 438 miles (705 kilometres) from Earth to make complete records of the planet 16 days.

Landsat 7 will be decommissioned after 2021 since it has the required fuel reserves left.

Landsat 9 is a product of the partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

First Launched in 1972, the series of Landsat’s have provided data related to agricul­ture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images have been used internationally for Space and Major Disasters, aiding emergency response and disaster relief.

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