Fate of Historic Landsat Mission Hinges on Upcoming Launch

View of the Landsat 8 launch site taken by Landsat 5 on Feb. 8, 2011. (USGS) Since 1972 the Landsat mission has been monitoring natural and human-made changes to our planet. But the continuity of that scientifically precious dataset could be lost unless all goes according to plan on Monday, when the …