Landsat 6

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Landsat 6
Mission type Earth imaging
Operator NASA/NOAA
Mission duration Failed to orbit
Start of mission
Launch date October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05)
Rocket Titan II(23)G/Star-37XFP-ISS
Launch site Vandenberg AFB SLC-4W
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Epoch Planned

Landsat 6, equipped with upgraded versions of the instruments on its predecessor, was designed to continue the Landsat program. It was launched on October 5, 1993 using a Titan II launch vehicle, but failed to reach orbit.[1] As a consequence, Landsat 4 and Landsat 5 were used well beyond their designed lifespan. Landsat 6 omitted the Multi-Spectral Scanner found on its predecessors, but carried an Enhanced Thematic Mapper, which improved on the previous Thematic Mapper by adding a 15m-resolution panchromatic band.[2]


  1. ^ "Landsat 6 failure attributed to ruptured manifold" (PDF) (Press release). NOAA. March 10, 1995. 
  2. ^ "Landsat 6". USGS.