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Will the U.S. Bring Down the Curtain on Landsat?

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2309-2311
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2309

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Researchers are fawning over improved images from the new Landsat 7 satellite, the latest in a line of earth-monitoring satellites first launched in 1972. But at the same time they are also worrying that there may not be a suitable successor to the government-built spacecraft, which is scheduled to operate until 2006, at which time the government plans to turn the reins over to private industry.