The Complete Guide to Viewing the Landsat 9 Launch

Alert: Due to unforeseen circumstances, NASA has postponed the launch of Landsat 9 to September 27, 2021. All Landsat week events have been moved accordingly, please see your favorite events for updates!


If catching a rocket launch IRL is your thing, grab a front-row seat to one of the most important NASA launches of 2021 right here in Lompoc. The Landsat 9 satellite, scheduled for launch September 27 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Lompoc, CA and is a joint effort between NASA and the USGS. The Landsat Program has been dubbed "a cornerstone of our Earth-observing capability" by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, as it will provide unprecedented access to information important to our understanding of our planet's forests, farms, cities and freshwater regions.


For half a century, the Landsat collection of satellites have been used to detect changes in our land use and measure land cover. These important data points are an invaluable tool for informing influences decision-makers in the U.S. and around the world. By tapping into this important geologic data, we have been able to fine-tune our understanding of changes to our environment, forecast future crop production, better respond to natural disasters and more!



Can't make it to Lompoc for the Landsat 9 launch? You can signup to watch the entire virtual launch via NASA's livestream by signing up at here.



During the days and weeks leading up to the launch, Lompoc will host a series of fun and informational Landsat 9 launch events and activities.


First, there are several fun ways to prepare before the launch by visiting the NASA website.

Here are some fun activities you can do at home before the launch:

    1. Create Landsat-inspired arts and crafts


    1. Join Camp Landsat, a 9-week summer camp leading up to the launch.


    1. You can also download and print LandSat 9 Collectors cards, posters, virtual meeting backgrounds


    1. Take a virtual interactive tour of the Landsat 9's stops.



In addition to virtual activities and events, Lompoc will host many onsite events the week of the launch.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The launch date and time are subject to change due to technical or weather issues. Check the Lompoc LandSat 9 and GeoTours page for the most up-to-date event information.


Lompoc's comfy hotels are the perfect home base to catch all the Landsat 9 launch action! Our hotels are close to the official Landsat 9 launch site, the Lompoc airport and top attractions like:

  1. Go Wine tasting
  2. Visit La Purisima Mission
  3. Go to Jalama Beach
  4. Hiking
  5. Outdoor mural gallery
  6. Visit Old Town Lompoc
  7. Golf
  8. Go Skydiving
  9. and much more!

We are excited to host you for this historic NASA Landsat launch. Please visit the official Explore Lompoc Landsat 9 website page to get up-to-date information on the launch.