Landsat 5 at 120K+ Orbits

Landsat 5 at 120K+ Orbits

L5 image of Tampa, Fl on 9/23/06
Landsat 5 image of Tampa, FL acquired on L5’s 120K orbit on 9/23/06. Image credit: USGS.

On September 23, 2006 Landsat 5 made its 120,000th orbit around Earth (equating to nearly 3.1 billion miles traveled). Tampa, Florida was one of the locations found on the path of the 120,000th orbit (see image to right).
Landsat 5 was launched in 1984 with a five year design life. Thanks to good engineering and a knowledgeable flight operations team, Landsat 5 is still collecting data as it nears the 23rd anniversary of its launch (March 1). As USGS says on the commemorative poster created for Landsat 5’s 120,000 orbit, Landsat 5 is “the satellite that keeps going and going and going.”
+ Download USGS commemorative poster (1.2 Mb)

On Key

Related Posts

Pecora 22

Pecora 22: Call for Abstracts

From October 23 – 28, 2022, Pecora 22 will focus on all aspects of Earth observation, spanning scientific discoveries to operational applications, and from sensors to decisions.

Read More »
No more posts to show
On Key

Related Posts

Pecora 22

Pecora 22: Call for Abstracts

From October 23 – 28, 2022, Pecora 22 will focus on all aspects of Earth observation, spanning scientific discoveries to operational applications, and from sensors to decisions.

Read More »
No more posts to show