Launch of Landsat 8 February 11, 2013

January 17, 2013 by  
Filed under NASA

The next Landsat satellite in the series, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (to be called Landsat 8 once it’s in safely in orbit), is on schedule to launch on February 11 from Vandenberg AIr Force Base in southern California.  If people want to stage an event about it, and publicize their geospatial programs, a Launch Party Kit is available.  Please see message from Holli Riebeek, forwarded.
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Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes from the Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record of our changing communities and landscapes. The record continues on February 11, 2013, when NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are scheduled to launch the eighth Landsat satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

We invite you to participate in this exciting and historic milestone in humanity’s work in space. You can join others across the planet in celebration of this much-anticipated event by hosting a launch party!
Planning and hosting your own launch party with NASA resources is fun and easy, and it’s a wonderful way to engage your community in your interests and the work you do.

Everything you need to host a great party and join in the launch fun is at your fingertips, at this URL:
http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov<http://launchkit-ldcm.gsfc.nasa.gov/>

You will find activities and decorations to make your party fun for all ages. You’ll be able to watch the launch and associated events live, including talks from NASA and USGS scientists and engineers.

We hope you’ll join us and people around the world to celebrate! Contact us with any questions by using the “Contact Us” link on the launch party website (lower right).

Holli Riebeek, Sigma Space
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Landsat Education & Public Outreach
301-614-5753

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