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USGS takes operational control of Landsat 8 satellite

US: The US Geological Survey (USGS) EROS Center in Sioux Falls has taken over the Landsat 8 satellite mission from NASA.

The Center will collect at least 400 Landsat 8 scenes per day from around the world which will then be processed and archived at the EROS facility. EROS specialists will also provide more than two million current and historical Landsat images per year free to users over the Internet.

NASA launched Landsat 8 into space in February. Since then, teams have been running it through a barrage of tests before placing the satellite into orbit 438 miles above the planet”s surface.

Source: Seattle Pi