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January 9 2013

Oldest Earth-observing satellite to retire


The US Geological Survey is to decomission Landsat 5 - the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission ever.

The satellite's had a good run, outlasting its original three-year life by a quarter of a century. The USGS has successfully rescued it from near-death on several occasions, but the recent failure of a gyroscope has been the final nail in its coffin.

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