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EARTH RESOURCES WILL GET CLOSER MONITORING FROM SBRC INSTRUMENT ON LANDSAT-6 SATELLITE

 GOLETA, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Objects on earth as small as a school bus will be visible from 438 miles in space by means of a new instrument on board the Landsat-6 satellite, scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base next Tuesday.
 The Enhanced Thematic Mapper, designed and built by Santa Barbara Research Center, is the sole instrument on the latest of the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's series of earth-monitoring satellites. It will provide the "eyes" for the spacecraft, taking detailed pictures of the earth's entire surface for commercial and scientific applications.
 Landsat satellites, first of which was launched in 1972, have provided more than 3 million images of earth for users worldwide. They have been used for agricultural, forest, water and mineral resource management; mapping and land-use planning; and environmental monitoring. Design improvements in the Enhanced Thematic Mapper provide back-up systems for improved reliability and produce clearer images than those received from earlier Landsat missions.
 Earlier Landsats, also equipped with SBRC instruments, have greatly extended man's ability to monitor the earth and its natural resources, helping to forecast crop yields, assess damage from natural disasters, and conserve natural resources. Most recently, the earlier spacecraft provided real-time views of the flood damage in the Mississippi river valley.
 SBRC, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics, has for more than 30 years, designed and built instruments for earth observation, meteorology, and planetary science. The Earth Observation Satellite Company (EOSAT) operates the Landsat spacecraft and commercially markets the data acquired.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Herrman, 310-568-6307, or Jack Weber, 805-562-7039/


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