Landsat 5 is an artificial satellite that sends images and data back to Earth from her orbit.
Landsat 5 is being retired. She has been having trouble and it’s time. Landsat 8 will be launched this year and I will do two posts on her.
I am doing a very basic post about this. As for more complicated information, you are on your own.
Landsat 5 was launched on March 1, 1984, for a three year mission. The launchpad was on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
All pictures are from NASA. I’m not sure who took pictures of the two scientific instruments that on display. It’s harder to get pictures of older NASA missions. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
This is what the MSS looked like before they put it into Landsat 5.
In 2006, Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper saw barrier islands that we didn’t know existed. There are 54 islands, about 335 miles long. They are located between the city of Sao Luis and the Amazon River in Brazil, along the Atlantic Ocean coast.