Back NASA called this new satellite LANDSAT and it was put into orbit around the Earth on July 23, 1972.

Why was this satellite so incredible? Well, it could take a series of pictures of almost the entire earth over and over again, season after season, month after month, year after year.

Artist's rendering of LandsatThis artist's drawing shows the LANDSAT satellite taking images of the earth. This image is from the LANDSAT Program home page

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