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Guinness World Record For Aging Landsat 5
2013-02-12 07:14:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new Guinness World's Record title for "longest-operating Earth observation satellite" has been set by NASA's Landsat 5, according to an email from Guinness World Records to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Landsat 5 has delivered high quality, global data of Earth's land surface for 28 years and 10 months, outliving its three-year design life. The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force base in Lompoc, California on...

2009-03-02 12:59:01

The U.S. space agency says it's celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Landsat 5 satellite, which was launched March 1, 1984, and is still in operation. Now 22 years beyond its three-year primary mission lifetime, Landsat 5 -- built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey -- is also well beyond its design lifetime of 15,000 Earth orbits. NASA said Landsat 5 is one of seven satellites in the Landsat Program but only Landsat 5 and 7, the...

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2009-03-02 11:40:00

132,969 ... 132,970 ... 132,971. Like a trusty watch counting up the minutes, the Landsat 5 satellite keeps on ticking, orbit after orbit around Earth. Well beyond its design lifetime of 15,000 orbits, the satellite's trajectory could go askew or its instruments could malfunction at any moment. But not today. Still observing the Earth after 25 years -- 22 beyond its three-year primary mission lifetime -- Landsat 5 collects valuable scientific data daily. Some attribute the satellite's...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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