Feb. 5, 2013 • The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) builds on a rich legacy of service to society. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series and will be renamed Landsat 8 after launch. The mission will extend the more than 40-year-long Landsat record of Earth's continental and coastal landscapes. Since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972, Landsat satellites have become an integral part of many operational land management activities. Landsat satellites provide decision makers with key information
about the world's food, forests, water and how these and other land resources are being used.
The Landsat Application Book, Landsat: Continuing to Improve Everyday Life (PDF, 101 Mb), explores a number of important everyday uses of Landsat that benefit us as a society. The application book was published in Feb. 2013 and an eBook version will be available soon.