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Atlas V Launch of NASA's LDCM Satellite


Topic: Launches

Date: February 11, 2013

Location: , Vandenberg Air Force Base, California US,

A Lockheed Martin Atlas V will launch NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket is targeted to occur at the opening of a 48-minute launch window at 1:02 p.m. EST (10:02 a.m. PST).

LDCM is a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission. It is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972 and will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space. LDCM will extend global land observations that are critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.

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