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From: Shady Side, Md
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posted 03-20-2010 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 49 (March 22, 2010)

Space Cover #49, LANDSAT-C

The Space Cover of the Week honors one of the most successful science programs the Earth Resources Technology Satellites (ERTS) later renamed LANDSAT. These spacecraft demonstrated the usefullness of remote sensing data for land surveys, land management, water resources planning agricultural forecasting, forest management, sea ice movement and cartography.

Project Management for the ERTS (LANDSAT) spacecraft, the Delta launch vehicle the ground data handling segment (GDHS) and the worldwide tracking network rested with the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

The two covers shown above commemorate the launch of LANDSAT-C on March 5, 1978 aboard Delta #139. The top cover was issued by the GSFC Stamp Club. The club issues printed cachets to honor projects that GSFC played a major role. 500 covers were serviced by the club. The bottom cover was serviced by the GSFC Stamp Club at no charge to collectors. Stamp clubs at AMES and JPL have also provided cover servicing to collectors.

John Macco
Space Unit #1457


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From: Washington, DC, USA
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posted 03-21-2010 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool covers John! I'd like to add a couple of notes:

The addresses of the GSFC and JPL Stamp Clubs can be found on the Space Unit website.

I might add that Landsat 5 (launched in 1983) and Landsat 7 (launched in 1999) are still in service providing priceless land use data to thousands of researchers. Goddard is building what will be Landsat 8 (currently called the Landsat Data Continuity Mission) for launch in early 2013.

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