Larry's Look | A close look at Earth

Larry's Look | A close look at Earth

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASA’s newest and most advanced Earth observing satellite was launched Monday.

It’s called the Landsat Data Continuity Mission(LDCM) and will show us everything from how the Earth is changing as a result of human and natural causes to helping us understand how we can better use our land and water resources.

LCDM’s more advanced equipment will provide scientists with even more detailed information about our Earth.

For the last 40 years the fleet of Landsat satellites have captured amazing images of Earth that document just how much our planet has changed over time, as a result of human and natural causes. 

The data set includes more than 3.5 million images of urban growth, drought, wildfires and the loss of forests. The Landsat data helps us better use our land and water resources to grow more crops and protect important water resources.

This morning on Larry’s Look, our guest was NASA earth scientist Michelle Thaller. 

She talked about the long-term importance of this mission and how the data can be used to make our Planet a much better place to live.

Thaller also showed some of the incredible photo images from the Landsat, even time lapses of parts of the world where major climate change has taken place.

For more about the LDCM, go to: www.idcm.nasa.gov.

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