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|Mission type||Earth imaging|
|Operator||NASA / NOAA|
|Mission duration||Failed to orbit|
|Launch mass||2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||October 5, 1993|
|Launch site||Vandenberg AFB SLC-4W|
|Perigee||705 kilometres (438 mi)|
|Apogee||705 kilometres (438 mi)|
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. 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.
- "Landsat 6 failure attributed to ruptured manifold" (PDF) (Press release). NOAA. March 10, 1995.
- "Landsat 6". USGS.
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