After 29 years and 2.5 million photos, Landsat 5 will retire

12/26/2012 |

The U.S. Geological Survey has revealed that the Landsat 5 satellite will be retired after spending 29 years in space and circling Earth more than 150,000 times. The satellite, which is the longest-running satellite to observe Earth, has taken more than 2.5 million photos showing deforestation in Mexico, the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and more. The Landsat program is a collaborative project between USGS and NASA. "We look forward to a long and productive continuation of the Landsat program, but it is unlikely there will ever be another satellite that matches the outstanding longevity of Landsat 5," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt.

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