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December 21, 2012 - End of an Era - Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5

First image acquired by Landsat 5
Landsat 5
1984 - 2012
first image by Landsat 5 map location
First image acquired by Landsat 5
1984 - 2012
 

Today the U.S. Geological Survey announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history. By any measure, the Landsat 5 mission has been an extraordinary success, providing unprecedented contributions to the global record of land change. The USGS has brought the aging satellite back from the brink of failure on several occasions, but the recent failure of a gyroscope has left no option but to end the mission. The image above is one of the first acquired by Landsat 5 on March 6, 1984. Visible is the ice breaking up on Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota. (Full Press Release)