Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features one of the very first photographs collected by Landsat 9, a joint mission between NASA and the USGS that launched in September 2021.
The image shows the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, along with neighboring Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.
According to NASA, the “first-light” images from Landsat 9 provide a preview of how the mission will help people manage vital natural resources and understand the impacts of climate change.
“First light is a big milestone for Landsat users; it’s the first chance to really see the kind of quality that Landsat 9 provides,” said Jeff Masek, the mission’s project scientist at NASA. “When we have Landsat 9 operating in coordination with Landsat 8, it’s going to be this wealth of data, allowing us to monitor changes to our home planet every eight days.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer