The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the next generation Landsat satellite, is scheduled for launch at 10:02 a.m. PST on Monday, February 11, 2013. The LDCM spacecraft will be launched atop an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. The public is invited to view the launch from Providence Landing Park in Lompoc.
Since 1972, Landsat satellites have created an archive of images that document the surface of Earth. LDCM, to be called Landsat 8 after on-orbit checkout, will continue this tradition, using new instruments, additional multispectral bands, and a higher standard of data. Detailed information can be found at http://landsat.usgs.gov.
This Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) image, acquired on February 8, 2011, shows the area of the Vandenberg Air Force Base. Areas of interest to the LDCM launch are labeled.