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.
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.”
The natural-color image, which was captured on October 31, shows the Coronation Islands along the Kimberly coast in the state of Western Australia.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory