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Landsat 8 marks five years in orbit

09 February 2018

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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.

Source: NASA

Image credit: NASA/Goddard's MODIS Rapid Res/EPA - Algae bloom in the Great Lakes

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