The top space stories of the week!

Earth is reflecting less light into space, Mars’ seasonal changes make it harder for NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter to fly in its skies and space station crew members have made room for a film crew that will soon reach the orbiting laboratory to shoot a movie. These are some of the top stories this week from  

Landsat 9 starts its climate-change monitoring mission. 

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the Landsat 9 satellite to orbit from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, on Sept. 27, 2021. (Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA)

NASA’s latest Earth observing satellite launched this week to continue on a longstanding mission of monitoring climate change and managing land resources. On Wednesday (Sept. 27), the Landsat 9 satellite launched into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Landsat 9 will replace the aging Landsat 7 satellite, which has been in orbit since 1999. 

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