Landsat 5 to be decommissioned

Landsat 5, the only fully-operational Landsat satellite currently in orbit, due to the failure of Landsat 6 to reach orbit and the Scan-Line Corrector failure on Landsat 7 in 2003, is due to be decommissioned after orbiting the planet over 150,000 times and acquiring over 2.5 million images. The satellite was launched in 1984 and was designed to operate for only 3 years. It has significantly exceeded its designed life span and has been in orbit for over 29 years.


An artist’s impression of the landsat 5 satellite.