March 2014


R.H. Goddard
Mar 20, 2014Landsat 8 Sweeps the 2013 “Goddards”

People. It takes a lot of people to build, launch, and operate a satellite, especially a satellite that regularly returns accurate scientific data. On February 11, 2013, Landsat 8 was successfully launched into orbit. Many of the people who [...]

Henry Wong
Mar 12, 2014Remembering Henry Wong

The venerable Landsat Program has relied on a cast of thousands to become the successful four decade-plus land observing satellite program that it is today. Sadly, one of those important cast members passed away last month. Henry “Hank” Poy Read [...]

John Schott
Sep 11, 2013Meet Dr. John Schott, RIT Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee

This past May, Dr. John Schott, a longtime Landsat Science team member, was inducted into the Rochester Institute of Technology's 2013 Innovation Hall of Fame. RIT put together this retrospective video about Schott's long career in imaging [...]

Mauri Pelto in the field
Aug 27, 2013Meet Mauri Pelto, Glaciologist

At a small college in Dudley, Mass., a professor of Environmental Science is doing big things. Glaciologist Mauri Pelto is using Landsat imagery to monitor glaciers around the world from his office at Nichols College. Fieldwork is an essential [...]

Jeanine Murphy-Morris
Apr 2, 2013Meet Jeanine Murphy-Morris

Aerospace engineer Jeanine Murphy-Morris has always been interested in flight, and that interest propelled her into a career building Earth-observing satellites. As a college student, she joined the Air Force ROTC program. After graduating from [...]

HOBI award
Aug 28, 2012Landsat Data Bit by Bit: What Goes into Getting it Right

The great strength of Landsat data is its long record, the ability to look at our planet over the past 40 years and see what changes man and nature have wrought. Some change is visually staggering such as large tracks of deforestation or [...]

John Schott measures water temperature from a kayak.
Nov 22, 2011John Schott Unites Landsat and RIT

NASA's Earth-observing satellites in the Landsat program have demonstrated the capabilities of remote sensing on a global scale and provided previously unavailable data on global climate change. Imaging scientist John Schott's 30-year [...]

Shannon Franks
Nov 9, 2011Meet Shannon Franks

When people think of NASA, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an image of astronauts floating around the International Space Station, or perhaps the great discoveries that have come from the agency's space programme. However, while [...]

Dr. Robert Bindschadler
Jul 10, 2008Meet Robert Bindschadler

Dr. Robert Bindschadler has been an active Antarctic field researcher for the past 25 years and has led numerous field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in expeditions to glaciers and ice caps around the world. He maintains an [...]

Landsat Science Team Member, Prasad S. Thenkabail
Nov 21, 2007Meet Prasad S. Thenkabail

Prasad S. Thenkabail, an American National and member of the Landsat Science Team, has 23 years’ experience working as an international expert in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS/GIS) and its applications to natural [...]

Professor Dennis Helder, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at SDSU
Sep 12, 2007Meet Dennis Helder

South Dakota State University expertise is at work every time a computer user uses Google Earth software or various other tools to study satellite images. Professor Dennis Helder, the head of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer [...]

Dr. Samuel N. Goward in the field photo
Nov 6, 2006Meet Sam Goward

Dr. Samuel N. Goward is a professor of Geography at the University of Maryland College Park specializing in bioclimatology and remote sensing. He currently serves as a co-chair of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Land Satellite Remote [...]

Dr. Freden with a model of Landsat 1 (1972).
May 5, 2006Meet Stan Freden

Dr. Stan Freden played a major role in the nascent Landsat program as the project scientist for Landsats 1, 2, and 3. As project scientist, he was responsible for evaluating the performance of the Multispectral Scanner System (MSS) instrument [...]

Terry Arvidson
May 3, 2006Meet Terry Arvidson

Terry Arvidson is a Senior Project Engineer on the Landsat 7 project and she serves as the Lockheed Martin sustaining engineering lead for the satellite. In this role, she keeps close ties with the Lockheed Martin engineers who built the [...]