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The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:02 a.m. PST on February 11, 2013.
In about 100 days, the USGS will take control and the spacecraft, will be renamed Landsat 8, and data will be made available to all users at no charge.
See pictures of pre-launch and the launch of LDCM.
View the specifics about the LDCM launch.
Download the LDCM Brochure - .pdf (17.2 MB)
The Launch of the Next Landsat (Image of the Week February 7, 2013)
View the LDCM briefing held January 10, 2013.
Watch one of our favorite videos about Landsat!
Watch the launch of LDCM