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February 8, 2018 - NASA and USGS Celebrate 5 Year Launch Anniversary of Landsat 8

February 11, 2018 will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

A joint NASA and USGS mission, Landsat 8 adds to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. Since launch, Landsat 8 has completed over 25,500 Earth orbits, traveled over 700 million miles, and contributed over 1.1 million scenes to the USGS Landsat archive.

Since 2013, Landsat 8 data has been cited in over 600 peer reviewed journal publications supporting studies from agriculture, forest and water quality/use/management, to natural disaster support, and mapping and monitoring land change, to name a few.

Follow @NASA_Landsat and @USGSLandsat on Twitter as we share fun facts, videos and images acquired by Landsat 8 over the last five years.