Alert: This event has been postponed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, NASA has postponed the launch of Landsat 9, and thus all related events have also been postponed. The History of Landsat GeoTour kickoff and wrap up events will now take on Sunday, September 19, 2021. We look forward to seeing you then!
Introducing the Explore Lompoc History of Landsat GeoTour
Launching Sunday, September 19, 2021
NASA, USGS, Explore Lompoc, and the City of Lompoc invite you to commemorate the launch of Landsat 9 from Vandenberg Airforce Base with an exciting new GeoTour! Celebrate 50 years of Landsat missions by discovering unique science and space-related geocaches in and around Lompoc, California. Prizes include commemorative NASA coins, limited edition Landsat swag, and souvenirs.
Lompoc is the best vantage point for all rocket launches on the West Coast. With unbridled lush hillsides, rich historic murals, a fully restored mission, and unique wine experiences, exploring space has never been this down to earth. Stay, cache, and play! Find moments that take you far beyond in Lompoc.
What is GeoCaching?
A modern outdoor treasure hunt using a personal Smartphone or GPS device to locate hidden containers called “geocaches.” There are over 6 million geocachers worldwide and 3.1 million active geocaches!
How to Play
- Download and print the official GeoTour passport below, you'll need this to track your finds.
- Go to www.geocaching.com and sign up for an account.
- Download the Geocaching® app for your smartphone or load coordinates into your GPS device from Geocaching.com. Search by GeoTours and enter code GT4AE (Launching September 12th).
- Find a History of Landsat in Lompoc GeoTour geocache and record the code word found in the cache container in the appropriate box on the passport.
- Keep an eye out for special items in caches for clues on entering a Lompoc hotel giveaway worth over $200 through October 31, 2021.
- Put the cache back where you found it.
- Record your find on Geocaching.com
- Cache until you find all 9 geocaches to earn an official geocoin.
- To receive your geocoin and other prizes, complete the survey on the back of this passport and bring it to the front desk of the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc.
See passport for complete rules.
Don't forget to sign up for event reminders and GeoTour info! Subscribe for updates.
Geocachers refer to an event RSVP as a "will attend", join the community on geocaching.com:
To log your will attend for the Kick-Off event click here or search for event ID GC8K019
To log your will attend for the Wrap-Up event click here or search for event ID GC9D7BJ
To log your will attend for the Flash Mob event click here or search for event ID GC9FVY7
For the adventure lab and bonus cache click here or search for cache GC9FH0K
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Celebrating 50 Years of Landsat in Lompoc
For 50 years, Vandenberg Space Force Base in Lompoc has served as the home of the Landsat Program. During this half-century of change, the Landsat series of satellites have taught us so much about the planet we all call home — from a perspective far, far above.
Landsat 9 launches September, 2021. Celebrate in Lompoc with even more fun events such as mural unveiling, science talks, walking tours and more!
Celebrate with us! More Landsat Events in Lompoc
Lompoc has space to explore, and so many fun Landsat 9 launch events and activities during the month of September! Planning to stay? We'd be delighted to host you at one of our relaxing hotels.
Coming for the GeoTour? Share on social for a Chance to Win a Hotel Stay Package!
Enter to win a Lompoc hotel stay package by posting a photo of special map pins that can be found in cache boxes during your Geotour. Post pictures to your Instagram account using the hashtag #LandsatGeoTourLompoc for one entry per social post for each of the 9 caches in this GeoTour. Enter until October 31, 2021. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck cachers!