Santa Barbara County, CA, became a hub of Landsat activity in the last week of September 2021. That’s the week Landsat 9 launched into orbit on board an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Landsat 9 Galleries: Launch Week
Officials and guests with the USGS and Department of Interior were among those to visit Space Launch Complex 3 the day before liftoff.
Scientists gathered for a meet and greet at a Lompoc, CA, winery, where they spoke about how the unparalleled record of Landsat observations across nearly 50 years helps them to study and better understand the planet. Many returned the following day to meet Virginia Norwood, known as the “Mother of Landsat” for her role in the multispectral scanner used in the first Landsat satellite.
Children and curious adults had a chance to learn about remote sensing at the Lompoc Library, where selections from the USGS EROS Earth As Art collection were on display alongside educational activities and offerings.
The launch itself saw officials and guests from around the world gather at Vandenberg viewing locations to witness the historic moment.
Here are a few of our favorite photos and videos from the Landsat 9 launch.
Space Launch Complex 3 - Sept. 26, 2021
Landsat Mural Dedication - Sept. 26, 2021
Landsat 9 Launch - Sept. 27, 2021
Earth As Art - Lompoc
Landsat 9 extends the legacy of the venerable program. Here are a few newspaper clips from the program's history:
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