The Landsat Data Continuity Mission, or LDCM, is the eighth in the successful Landsat series and has an expected 2013 launch date. LDCM has a two-sensor payload that collects image data for nine shortwave bands plus two thermal bands. Landsat 'provides the longest and most complete record on the state of the global land surface in existence' and is use for climate studies, mapping, erosion tracking, and many other uses. SOI students take on a variety of operations roles on-site at GSFC including telemetry page development, command and telemetry functional testing, tool integration, database and sysadmin support, and MOC and ground station network integration. SOI management is partnered with LDCM to build new opportunities for training and learning for students as well as enhancing NASA operations.
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