October 2014


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Oct 14, 2014Keeping Cal

The Landsat calibration team published a number of papers in the SPIE Conference Volume 9218: Earth Observing Systems XIX. Our calibration team (or cal team) is a group of scientists and engineers who work together to ensure the scientific [...]

Ivanpah Valley
Aug 28, 2014Sun Seekers Unite in Ivanpah Playa

On public land in the Ivanpah Valley near the California/Nevada border, the world's largest concentrated solar thermal plant sprawls across the desert landscape. Just on the other side of Interstate 15 (the long straight diagonal line) is the [...]

Spectral band importance in societal benefit areas
Jun 19, 2014National Land Imaging Requirements Pilot Project: Summary of Moderate Resolution Imaging User Requirements

[Source: USGS] Under the National Land Imaging Requirements (NLIR) Project, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is developing a functional capability to obtain, characterize, manage, maintain and prioritize all Earth observing (EO) land remote [...]

Landsat Cal/Val Team
Mar 13, 2014Landsat Cal/Val Team Receives 2013 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science

Landsat helps scientists comprehend what changes have occurred on Earth’s land surfaces. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have been amassing information about the land cover of our planet and land cover, as obscure as it may sound, is important [...]

Lunar image from OLI March
Feb 28, 2014Landsat 8 Images Earth’s Biggest Satellite—Check it Out

Landsat 8 was built to do something none of its predecessors had done before: look at the Moon. You may ask why an Earth-observing mission would want to image Earth’s natural orbiting celestial body. Well, it all goes back to getting good data [...]

Landsat 8 Reprocessing Details
Jan 7, 2014Landsat 8 Reprocessing Details

Beginning February 3, 2014, all Landsat 8 data held in the USGS archives will be reprocessed. All Landsat 8 scenes will be removed from the online cache at this time and the data will then be reprocessed starting with the most recent [...]

Landsat 8, artist's rendition
Nov 21, 2013NASA & USGS to Host a Sustainable Land Imaging Users Forum

On December 4, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA will host an event in which leadership from both agencies will provide details about how user needs will be assessed to help inform NASA’s Sustainable Land Imaging Program. User [...]

Landsat 8 Reprocessing Rescheduled (Revised)
Nov 14, 2013Landsat 8 Reprocessing Rescheduled (Revised)

[Source: USGS Landsat] The majority of the radiometric calibration changes indicated in the October 25, 2013 calibration notice have been deferred to early-2014, to coincide with a software update for the Landsat Product Generation System [...]

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Nov 13, 2013NASA Brings Earth Science ‘Big Data’ to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

[Reported by Steve Cole and Ruth Marlaire, NASA] NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the [...]

Upcoming Change in Landsat 8 Radiometric Calibration
Oct 25, 2013Upcoming Change in Landsat 8 Radiometric Calibration

In the near future, calibration changes will be made that will affect the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 and all of the Operational Land Imager (OLI) bands onboard Landsat 8. The calibration for TIRS Band 10 will be lowered by a constant [...]

Landsat Update: Upcoming Landsat 8 Reprocessing
Oct 21, 2013Landsat Update: Upcoming Landsat 8 Reprocessing

Within the next several weeks, all Landsat 8 data that have been acquired since achieving WRS-2 operational orbit will be reprocessed using updated calibration parameters for OLI and TIRS data. During this time, all online products will be [...]

Landsat 7 Thermal Band Calibration Update
Sep 27, 2013Landsat 7 Thermal Band Calibration Update

Effective October 1, 2013, the calibration of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Band 6 will be updated to correct a bias error that has been present in all thermal data since the last calibration update in 2010. Vicarious [...]

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Sep 27, 2013Landsat 8 CPF Update Following Safehold

On September 19, 2013 (DOY 262) at approximately 20:08 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced an unplanned transition to safe hold following an attitude control anomaly. Precision attitude control was recovered and imaging operations resumed on day of year [...]

ESA
Sep 5, 2013ESA Makes Never-Before-Seen Landsat Data Available

Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the U.S. Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat 8, are now [...]

Landsat 8 Satellite
Aug 8, 2013Landsat 8 Status Update for Aug. 8, 2013

Landsat 8 officially began normal operations on May 30, 2013, when the leadership for satellite operations transferred from NASA to the U.S. Geological Survey. With the hand-off, the name of the satellite changed from the Landsat Data Continuity [...]

Landsat 8
Jul 30, 2013Data User Advisory

UPDATE: ENVI HotFix now available. Visit www.exelisvis.com for download instructions. + ENVI 5 SP3 Hotfix for Landsat 8 Note: NASA and USGS do not endorse the use of any particular image processing software. July 24, 2013 • This is a Read more [...]

Jul 16, 2013USGS Makes Landsat 8 QA Data Tool Available

The USGS now offers a tool that accurately translates and interprets Landsat 8 OLI Quality Assessment (QA) bits, within the Landsat LDOPE Toolbelt. Based on functionality developed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) [...]

May 17, 2013Surface Reflectance is Now Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 17, 2013 •Surface reflectance is now available as a Landsat climate data record (CDR) product through EarthExplorer. These products are generated on-demand from Landsat 5 TM and Landsat 7 ETM+ data and are also available [...]

May 2, 2013LDCM Status Update for May 2, 2013

Source: NASA May 2, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. LDCM continues to collect more than 400 scenes per day and the U.S. Geological Survey Data Processing and Archive System continues to test its ability [...]

Apr 24, 2013LDCM Status Update for April 24, 2013

Source: NASA Apr. 24, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. LDCM continues to collect more than 400 scenes per day on the Worldwide Reference System-2 track. While waiting for the validation and delivery of [...]

Apr 16, 2013LDCM Status Update for April 16, 2013

Source: NASA Apr. 16, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. Two ascent burns were performed in the last week. On Sunday, April 7, ascent burn No. 3 was conducted. The 56.2-second burn was the longest LDCM [...]

Apr 5, 2013LDCM Status Update for April 5, 2013

Apr. 5, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. LDCM under-flew the Landsat 7 satellite from Friday, Mar. 29, to Sunday, Mar. 31, collecting more than 1,200 coincident scenes. The scenes were acquired over a [...]

Mar 29, 2013LDCM Status Update for March 29, 2013

Source: NASA Mar. 29, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. LDCM's two instruments have been ramping up their Earth image collects, and on March 27, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared [...]

ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery
Feb 13, 2013ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery

[Source: European Space Agency] The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to [...]

Jan 29, 2013USGS Landsat Project Update – Volume 7 Issue 1 2013 Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Jan. 29, 2013 • The latest Landsat Project Update is now available from USGS: Landsat Mission News Landsat 5 Decommissioning Plans Landsat 5 Tribute Page Landsat 7 Status LDCM Launch Readiness LDCM Spacecraft Read [...]

Jan 28, 2013USGS Technical Publication on Landsat Surface Reflectance Available

Source: J. W. Jones, M.J. Starbuck, C.B. Jenkerson, USGS Jan. 28, 2013 • The U.S. Geological Survey Land Remote Sensing Program is developing an operational capability to produce Climate Data Records (CDRs) and Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) [...]

Jan 3, 2013Landsat Surface Reflectance Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat Mission Website Jan. 3, 2013 • Landsat Surface Reflectance Climate Data Records (CDR) for Global Land Survey (GLS) collections 2000, 2005, and 2010 are now available from the Landsat CDR/ECV data set on EarthExplorer. The [...]

Dec 21, 2012USGS Landsat Project Update – Volume 6 Issue 5 2012 Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Dec. 21, 2012 • The latest Landsat Project Update is now available from USGS: Landsat Mission News Landsat 5 Decommission Plans LDCM arrives at Vandenberg AFB New Landsat Science Team Announced Landsat 7 Read more [...]

Nov 7, 2012New Landsat Science Team Members Talk to South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Nov. 7, 2012 • Dr. Dennis Helder, associate dean for research at the South Dakota State University School of Engineering, and Dr. David Roy, senior scientist at the Geographic Information Science Center for Excellence, are both part of the new [...]

LDCM first stage booster
Nov 5, 2012LDCM Rocket Assembly Photos Available

Nov. 5, 2012 • Kennedy Space Center has a media gallery of LDCM rocket assembly photos. Visit the gallery to see photos of LDCM's Atlas V 401 rocket being delivered and pieced together at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Visit site: + NASA KSC Media [...]

Oct 15, 2012USGS Landsat Project Update Available

Oct. 15, 2012 • The USGS Landsat Project Update Vol. 6 Issue 4, 2012 is now available. Articles include: News: Nine Million Scenes and Counting!| International Landsat Cooperators Confer in Sioux Falls | Remote Sensing of Environment LDCM Read [...]

Oct 14, 2012New GLS Visualization Interface Available

Source: USGS Landsat Mission Oct. 14, 2012 • The USGS EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) GLS Visualization Interface was released today. The new interface allows users to immediately download Global Land Survey (GLS) 2010 and GLS 2005 [...]