Landsat Satellite Provides Eye for Natural Resources

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – What’s the best way to keep watch of geographic things like shorelines, glaciers and even crops? Launch a satellite into space, of course.

According to a Monday report from, the satellite known as Landsat was successfully launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The project comes with an $855 million dollar price tag.

“Give yourselves a pat on the back, shake each other’s hand, hug each other, cry a little bit and then go celebrate,” commented NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. via mission control, according to the report from the San Francisco Chronicle.

But if you’re with the mindset this is some kind of new activity for a satellite, think again. Similar satellites have helped monitor Earthly things dating back to the 1970’s. Landsat, however, includes much upgrade tech components.

Monitoring natural resources helps satellite administrators keep an eye on things like crop output, drought, melting glaciers and more.