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Atlas V rocket launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Monday

Posted at 10:33 AM, Sep 27, 2021

UPDATE (11:17 a.m.) - A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11:12 a.m. on Monday. It was the base's 2,000th launch.


(10:33 a.m.) - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base is a go for Monday morning.

The launch is currently scheduled to take place at 11:12 a.m.

NASA TV is providing a livestream of the launch:

The Atlas V rocket will carry the Landsat 9 satellite into orbit.

The Landsat program, which is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a record of Earth's changing landscapes.

Landsat 9 will replace Landsat 7, which was launched in 1999, and together with Landsat 8, will collect images of Earth's forests, farms, cities, lakes, and coastlines.

According to NASA, Landsat 9 can take more than 700 images of Earth per day.

Every Landsat satellite has been launched from Vandenberg since the program started in 1972.

Not only is the Landsat program celebrating nearly 50 years, but this launch is a big milestone for Vandenberg. It marks the base's 2,000th launch.

It's also the 300th launch of an Atlas rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

In addition to the livestream, locals can view the launch from the Hawk's Nest on Highway 1, one-half mile south of the base's main gate.