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Witnessing history

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

In this Sunday, Feb. 10, photo provided by NASA, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft onboard is seen at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. For the last 40 years, this series of satellites has given scientists around the world a continuous record of the condition of the Earth. Photo by Bill Ingalls/AP / The rocket carrying the Landsat 8 satellite lifts off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:02 central time yesterday. Courtesy photo

• SDSU scientists who’ll work on Landsat 8 data watch satellite launch

BROOKINGS – While most South Dakotans were digging out from the snowstorm, a contingent of South Dakota State University scientists and engineers witnessed history in the making – the launch of the Landsat 8 satellite.

“The launch went flawlessly,” said Dennis Helder, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering. Helder was among 1,000 people who watched the event from a park nine miles away from the launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

“It was the largest viewing audience NASA has ever had, Helder said. “That was pretty special.”

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