LOMPOC, Calif. KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino was on-hand for a NASA rocket launch Monday at Vandenberg Air Force Base just outside Lompoc, California.

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The successful launch sent up a Landsat satellite, which will orbit the earth and take measurements of continents and surrounding coastal regions.

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The satellite provides the imagery used by Google Earth, Zaffino explained. Landsat satellites have provided the longest-ever continuous global record of Earth's surface, including high-resolution images of urban growth, natural disasters and other changes in ecosystems.

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Zaffino has been touring the base with NASA scientists since Sunday and sharing highlights via social media. Follow along with Zaffino and the rest of the NASA scientists.

Twitter: @Zaffino

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