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New Landsat satellite returns first images

Ah! I’ve been waiting for this.

When I was a boy (all boring stories start this way), my Uncle, who was keen on me getting a good scientific education (which was successful) gifted me a variety of books and experimental tools. One of these was a beautiful large-format book of satellite imagery from the Landsat 5 (I think) satellite. I was enthralled. The high resolution (for the time), top down, false-colour images kept my attention for hours as I saw the physical planet in all its awe-inspiring beauty.

The area around Boulder, CO taken 03/18 by LDCM

Just last month, the latest satellite in the series: the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) otherwise known as Landsat 8, launched. Today we are treated with the first images while it undergoes a three month test phase to calibrate its instruments.

I can’t wait to see more!

NASA – A Closer Look at LDCM’s First Scene