Launched a year ago on Feb. 11, the Landsat 8 satellite has been capturing incredible images of Earth. As beautiful as these
images are, the true value of this satellite lies in its connection to
the past. The Landsat mission,
launched by NASA and operated by the USGS, is in its 42nd continuous
year of recording the state of the Earth’s surface. The longevity of
this dataset is unparalleled and has truly changed our understanding of
the ever-changing life of our planet.
Landsat 8 is also far more capable than its older sibling, adding
more instruments and more scientific possibilities than ever before. And
yes, the images just keep getting more beautiful too. Here are some of
our favorites from the satellite’s first year in orbit.
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