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Eyes on Earth Episode 31 – Landsat 7 Flight Operations

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear about the stellar flight operations record of the team in charge of Landsat 7.

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Summary: Just recently, in mid-July, the flight operations team charged with keeping the Landsat 7 satellite running smoothly achieved a major milestone. They have gone 8 straight years now without an operator error. Considering that the team is operating a machine that costs hundreds of millions of dollars and flies at more than 17,000 miles per hour, avoiding any kind or operator error for 8 years is a reason to celebrate. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear from the supervisor of the team behind the incredible flight operations run.

Guests: Guy Thayer, Aerospace Corporation

Host: Steve Young

Producer: John Hult

Release date: August 10, 2020

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