Landsat 6

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Landsat 6
Mission type Earth imaging
Operator NASA / NOAA
Mission duration Failed to orbit
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)
Power 1259 watts
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
Perigee 705 kilometres (438 mi)
Apogee 705 kilometres (438 mi)
Inclination 98.3°
Period 98.9 minutes
Epoch Planned

Landsat 6, equipped with upgraded versions of the instruments on its predecessor, was designed to carry forward 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.