The LDCM spacecraft being lifted into orbit by an Atlas V rocket (Photo: NASA)
The LDCM spacecraft will be renamed Landsat 8 once it becomes operational (Photo: NASA)
The LDCM ready for takeoff in California (Photo: NASA)
The LDCM spacecraft was lifted into orbit by an Atlas V rocket (Photo: NASA)
The new Landsat 8 will continue NASA's 40-year program (Photo: NASA)
NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft was successfully placed in orbit earlier this week. The mission marks the continuation of the 40-year Landsat Earth-observation program, which aids in the study of dynamic and ongoing changes to the planet.
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