Celebrate 40th anniversary of Landsat by watching this hippy-dippy video

NASA video showcases importance of satellite imagery with '70s background music

NASA has posted on its YouTube channel a video from 1973 discussing the Landsat program, which it calls "the longest continuous global record of Earth observations from space" (the latest satellite, Landsat 8, is scheduled to launch in 2013). The 1973 video talked about the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (renamed Landsat 1), and featured discussions of scientists doing science-y things, but accompanied by a typically odd, yet appropriate for the '70s, soundtrack.

I bet a lot of schoolkids in the '70s were forced to watch this film during science class, at least when "The Red Balloon" wasn't available.

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