The next Landsat 9 satellite will receive certification from the media. It is a joint mission of NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that will continue the tradition of monitoring the Earth’s land and coastal areas since the first Landsat in 1972.

The Landsat 9 rocket is scheduled to be launched on September 16, 2021 on the Joint Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Site 3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The launch was managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Live reports of the launch will be broadcast on NASA TV, NASA apps, and the agency’s website.

International media in the United States and the United States, as set out in NASA’s new agency media certification policy, must submit their application before 4pm. US Eastern Time, Tuesday July 27, 2021. Media certification requests must be submitted online:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID19) in course, NASA will certify a limited number of Landsat 9 media reports released from Vandenberg. Due to security restrictions and COVID19 quarantine requirements, international media traveling from abroad will not be able to register for this release. International media based in the United States can also apply.

NASA is actively monitoring the development of the coronavirus. The agency will continue to follow the guidance of local officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the agency’s health and medical director, and will notify them when updates are available that may affect mission or visit planning. to the media.

Once is fully operational in orbit, Landsat 9 will replace Landsat 7 and join its sister satellite Landsat 8, collecting images of the entire earth every eight days. This calibration data will continue Landsat’s key role in monitoring land use and helping decision makers manage basic resources such as crops, water, and forests. 4,444 Landsat 9 images will be added to the mission’s free and publicly available data for nearly 50 years; these are the longest land landscape data recorded from space. With Landsat’s medium resolution, researchers can coordinate images to detect the footprint of human activity over decades and its impact on climate change.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the Landsat 9 mission. Goddard’s team also built and tested one of the two instruments on Landsat 9, the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS2). TIRS2 will use thermal imaging to perform measurements to calculate soil moisture and detect plant health.

The USGS Earth Resources Science and Observation Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will conduct missions and manage the ground systems, including maintaining the Landsat archive. Ball Aerospace, located in Boulder, Colorado, built and tested another imaging sensor, the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI2) instrument. Northrop Grumman in Gilbert, Arizona built the Landsat 9 spacecraft, integrated it with the instrument, and tested the observatory.

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