NASA will launch a satellite costing some $850m later today. The launch is set to take place from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California at 10:02am local time. (18:02GMT).
It will fly around the Earth at a height of 438 miles and has been designed to show the impact of climate change and to monitor agricultural output which is hoped will help scientists advise governments of pending natural disasters as well as how to work towards responding to those that do occur.
The Landstat Data Continuity Mission is an ongoing program and this will be the eighth satellite launched since 1972.
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