[FPSPACE] Fwd: Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives At Launch Site

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Subject: Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives At Launch Site
Dec. 20, 2012

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Ellen Gray
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
ellen.t.gray at nasa.gov

RELEASE: 65-12


GREENBELT, Md. -- An oversized semi-trailer truck carrying NASA's
Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at its launch site
at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for launch.
This NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission will continue a 40-year
record of measuring change on the planet from space.

LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in
1972. It will extend and expand global land observations that are
critical in many sectors, including energy and water management,
forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning,
disaster recovery and agriculture.

Following final tests, the LDCM satellite will be attached to an Atlas
V rocket and launched into space Feb. 11, 2013. Built and tested by
Orbital Sciences Corp., LDCM left their Gilbert, Ariz., facility on
Dec. 17.

"LDCM builds on and strengthens a key American resource: a
decades-long, unbroken Landsat-gathered record of our planet's
natural resources, particularly its food, water and forests," said
Jim Irons, Landsat project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Md.

LDCM carries two instruments, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) built
by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., and the
Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) built by NASA Goddard.

"Both of these instruments have evolutionary advances that make them
the most advanced Landsat instruments to date and are designed to
improve performance and reliability to improve observations of the
global land surface," said Ken Schwer, LDCM project manager at NASA

OLI will continue observations in the visible, near infrared, and
shortwave infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum and
includes two new spectral bands, one of which is designed to support
monitoring of coastal waters and the other to detect previously hard
to see cirrus clouds that can otherwise unknowingly impact the signal
from the Earth's surface in the other spectral bands. TIRS will
collect data in two thermal bands and will thus be able to measure
the temperature of the Earth's surface, a measurement that's vital to
monitoring water consumption, especially in the arid western United

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage the Landsat program. After
launch and the initial checkout phase, USGS will take operational
control of the satellite; will collect, archive and distribute the
data from OLI and TIRS; and will rename the satellite as Landsat 8.
The LDCM data will be freely and openly available through the USGS
data system.

NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch
management. United Launch Alliance is the provider of the Atlas V
launch service.

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