Landsat 9, a satellite built to monitor the Earth’s land surface, has collected its first images of our planet’s surface.  

The images offer a preview of how the Landsat mission will help our global community manage important natural resources and build our understanding the impacts of climate change.

They were acquired Sunday, Oct. 31, adding to Landsat’s unparalleled data record that spans nearly 50 years of space-based Earth observation.
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Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled the first images during her visit to our Goddard Space Flight Center on Friday, Nov. 5. The urgency of Earth science and climate studies took the spotlight at the event, as the vice president received a first-hand look at how the nation’s space program studies climate change and provides crucial information to understand our planet’s changes and their impacts on our lives.  

Harris and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson also discussed our announcement of a new Earth Venture Mission-3. Investigation of Convective Updrafts (INCUS) will study how tropical storms and thunderstorms develop and intensify, which will help improve weather and climate models.
he white sands of Pensacola Beach stand out in this Landsat 9 image of the Florida Panhandle of the United States.The city of Kathmandu, Nepal, seen at the bottom left of this Landsat 9 image, lies in a valley south of the Himalayan Mountains between Nepal and China. Glaciers, and the lakes formed by glacial meltwater, are visible in the top middle of this image.
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Landsat is a joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Data will be made available to the public, for free, from USGS’s website once the satellite begins normal operations.

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