Landsat 8 marks five years in orbit
09 February 2018
In its five years in space, the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite has racked up some impressive statistics: 26,500 orbits around the planet, 1.1 million "scenes" captured, a motherlode of images that represents 16 percent of all the observations in the 45-year Landsat archive.
But more impressive and important than any set of numbers, Landsat 8 – which makes global measurements of Earth's land surface – strengthened the program's role as a cornerstone among the growing number of government and commercial programs that capture imagery of Earth from space.
Image credit: NASA/Goddard's MODIS Rapid Res/EPA - Algae bloom in the Great Lakes