Landsat 9 Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Preparation for Launch

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As reported in a recent NASA News Release, the Landsat 9 satellite arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base on the central coast of California on July 7, 2021. 

After successfully completing the two major Pre-Ship Review and Flight Operations Review / Operations Readiness Review, the satellite departed from the Northrop Grumman facility in Gilbert, Arizona in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 6. 

Landsat 9, like every previous Landsat satellite, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Landsat 9 is the most advanced satellite in the Landsat series; it will extend the data record of Earth’s land surface that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Landsat’s high-quality scientific data makes multi-decadal time series studies possible, and its data are regularly used for land management efforts around the world.   

Visit the NASA News Release for more details. 

Landsat 9 is a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Landsat 9 arriving at Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Landsat 9 arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
By 8 a.m. the satellite's transporter was ready to roll into Vandenberg's Integrated Processing Facility.
Photo credit: VSFB/NASA