NASA To Launch Landsat 9: Continues Nearly 50-Year Legacy of Observing Earth from Space Live Shots

  • Released Thursday, September 23, 2021

Enlace para B-ROLL editado.Enlace a la entrevista con el DR. JEFF MASEK / Landsat 9 Project Scientist

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Enlace a la entrevista con el DR. JEFF MASEK / Landsat 9 Project Scientist

If you’ve used Google Earth, then you’ve seen images of our home planet that only a satellite can bring you. Many of these images come from the Landsat mission -- a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Since the first Landsat launch in 1972, Landsat satellites have provided us with continuous high-resolution images of Earth that are both stunning to look at, and packed with data that have helped shape our understanding of our planet. In particular, the decades-long data record helps researchers around the world understand how Earth is responding to natural and human-caused changes. Over almost 50 years, the Landsat satellites have watched as cities grow, rivers overflow their banks, sea levels rise, wildfires burn and farmers plant their crops.

On Monday Sept. 27, NASA will launch Landsat 9, the next in a storied line of missions observing Earth’s surface. Launch window opens at 2:11pm EST / 11:11am PST that day!

The Landsat 9 observatory will continue to build on this understanding of our home planet with even higher imaging capabilities than previous Landsats.

Join NASA and USGS experts for one-on-one interviews just hours before Landsat 9 launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Live interviews will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME on Monday, Sept. 27rd.
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Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all requests for a specific expert. If we cannot fit your request we will offer alternatives.*

Suggested Anchor Intro:
If you’ve used Google Earth before you’ve seen images of our planet that only a satellite can bring you. Many of these images come from the Landsat mission, which has been monitoring how Earth is changing for nearly 50 years. NASA and the USGS will be launching Landsat 9 today to continue bringing you those images, which help experts manage wildfires and water resources and help track the impacts of climate change. Here to tell us about the mission is NASA [or USGS] scientist XX.

Suggested Questions:
Landsat 9 is launching today to continue the mission that started in 1972. What is the Landsat mission?
How is Landsat 9 different from the previous Landsat satellites?
Landsat is known for its beautiful images, but this data is telling us a lot about how our planet is changing. How does Landsat data directly help people on the ground?
Why is it important that NASA and USGS continue the Landsat mission?
Where can our viewers go to learn more about Landsat?

Questions for Longer Interviews:
How does this help people/resource managers?
How does this help us grow food?
How often do Landsat satellites image a given place on Earth?

Canned interview with Dr. Jeff Masek/ Landsat 9 Project Scientist. TRT - 3:43. SOTS are separated by question slates. Full transcript is available. Click on the download button and you'll find the transcript plus video material


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This page was originally published on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:43 PM EDT.


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