In Pictures: 21 critical future NASA missions

NASA space plans include trips to Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and the Sun as well as climate change operations

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Watching the land: Continuing one of NASA's most successful satellite systems will be the Landsat Data Continuity Mission slated for 2012. Originally launched in 1972, Landsat satellite images are used for everything from agriculture, geology and forestry to mapping, global change research and emergency response. At the heart of the mission is the need to track land use and change, NASA said.

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