NASA cheers new Landsat launch
An Atlas-V rocket carrying a Landsat satellite lifts off Monday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
February 12th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

NASA cheers new Landsat launch

NASA put its newest Landsat satellite into orbit on Monday, extending a long-running program that has been beaming back dramatic images of Earth for more than 40 years.

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission - to be designated Landsat 8, once it's up and running - lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base atop an Atlas V booster.

The $855 million platform, about the size of a sport-utility vehicle, has been in the works for years amid concerns about maintaining the U.S. suite of geoscience satellites.

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