Featured Missions & Projects - Biospheric Sciences (618)
On December 18, 1999, NASA launched Terra, the first of a series of large satellites meant to monitor the health of our planet. Formerly called EOS AM-1, Terra is the flagship of NASA's Earth Science Missions. The satellite provides global data on the state of the atmosphere, land, and oceans, as well as their interactions with solar radiation and with one another.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), is the eighth in the series of Landsat satellites. Launched in Feb 2013, it is scheduled for checkout and commissioning through May. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have been observing and measuring Earth's continental and coastal landscapes at a scale where human impacts and natural changes can be monitored, differentiated, and characterized over time. These data are archived, preserved and distributed by the Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and constitute the longest continuous record of the global land surface as seen from space. Landsat data have become a part of our nation’s infrastructure, and the data record constitutes a priceless archive that is open and freely available to everyone, everywhere.
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