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The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide moderate-resolution (15 meter - 100 meter, depending on spectral frequency) measurements of the Earth's terrestrial and polar regions in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal infrared. There are two instruments on the spacecraft, the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS) and the Operational Land Imager (OLI).

LDCM will provide continuity with the nearly 40-year long Landsat land imaging data set. In addition to widespread routine use for land use planning and monitoring on regional to local scales, support of disaster response and evaluations, and water use monitoring, LDCM measurements directly serve NASA research in the focus areas of climate, carbon cycle, ecosystems, water cycle, biogeochemistry, and Earth surface/interior.

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Animation of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth.  The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles.  LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.    Animation of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles. LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.
Duration: 25.0 seconds
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An artist's conception of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth satellite in the long-running Landsat program, flying over the US Gulf Coast.    An artist's conception of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth satellite in the long-running Landsat program, flying over the US Gulf Coast.

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Artist's image of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth Landsat satellite to be launched.    Artist's image of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth Landsat satellite to be launched.

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An artist's conception of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth satellite in the long-running Landsat program, as it observes the Gulf Coast of the US.    An artist's conception of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eigth satellite in the long-running Landsat program, as it observes the Gulf Coast of the US.

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Second animation of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles. LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.    Second animation of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles. LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.
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Model of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, rotating.    Model of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, rotating.
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Artist's rendering of Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from above    Artist's rendering of Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from above

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Artist's rendering of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from the solar panel side.    Artist's rendering of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from the solar panel side.

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Artisit's rendering of LDCM, showing the instruments (TIRS and OLI) and the solar panel.    Artisit's rendering of LDCM, showing the instruments (TIRS and OLI) and the solar panel.

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Artist's rendering of LDCM showing the calibration ports of the instruments (TIRS and OLI).    Artist's rendering of LDCM showing the calibration ports of the instruments (TIRS and OLI).

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10812
Animation Number:10812
Completed:2011-10-05
Animator:Rachel Kreutzinger (USRA) (Lead)
Producer:Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA)
Scientist:James R. Irons (NASA/GSFC)
Series:Landsat
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Landsat
SVS >> Satellite
SVS >> Earth >> Satellites >> Earth Observing Fleet
 
 


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Many of our multimedia items use the GCMD keywords. These keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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