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The US government might charge for satellite data again — here's why that would be a big mistake

from The Conversation via WTOP-FM

Landsat is one of the most important U.S. satellite systems. Since the program's launch in 1972, Landsat satellites have provided the longest-running terrestrial satellite record and collected more than 5.6 million images. For a long time, the U.S. government charged a fee for every Landsat image. But this changed on Oct. 1, 2008, when the U.S. Geological Survey opened the Landsat archive and made it free for everyone to use. more

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