New Landsat Earth-monitoring satellite launched from California

The United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with the Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft onboard launches at Vandenberg Air Force BaseCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – – A new satellite to keep tabs on Earth's changing landscape rocketed into orbit on Monday, ensuring continuation of a 40-year-old photo archive documenting urban sprawl, glacial melting, natural disasters and other environmental shifts. The eighth and most sophisticated Landsat spacecraft blasted off at 1:02 p.m. EST (1802 GMT) aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch was broadcast on NASA Television. …


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