September 2013


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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Sep 4, 2013Landsat Impedes Crop Insurance Fraud

With unbiased Landsat imagery as evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed an earlier jury-conviction of a northern California farmer found guilty on 16 counts of filing false federal crop insurance claims—scheming the [...]

13 Million Downloads and Counting
Aug 26, 201313 Million Downloads and Counting

@USGSLandsat reported today that Landsat image downloads by data users have reached 13 million. The last million downloads occurred over a period of just nine weeks. Read more [...]

Leonard Lopate
Aug 8, 2013Environmental Monitoring with Public Domain Satellites

WNYC's Leonard Lopate talks with SkyTruth president, John Amos, about using public domain satellite imagery, such as Landsat, to monitor the environment. SkyTruth uses all types of satellite imagery to monitor environmental changes and [...]

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Aug 8, 2013NRC Report “Landsat and Beyond” Available

A prepublication version of the National Research Council's "Landsat and Beyond: Sustaining and Enhancing the Nation's Land Imaging Program" report is now available from the National Academies Press. Their report description: In 1972 NASA [...]

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Jul 31, 2013Free Sentinel Earth Observation Data on the Horizon

Space News has reported that the European Commission has okayed free access to Sentinel data. This follows a recent European Space Agency-commissioned study that concluded that data from the Sentinel satellites should be public sector [...]

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) [...]

Jul 8, 2013Old Data Being Made Newly Available by USGS

As part of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation effort, the first international Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) data from Canada has been added to the archive! MSS data, captured by the first Landsat missions, are often the most difficult to [...]

Jul 1, 2013All Early Landsat 8 Data Available From USGS

Source: USGS Landsat July 1, 2013 • Nearly 10,000 Landsat 8 scenes collected by the OLI and/or TIRS sensors, including the Landsat 7 underfly images before the satellite achieved operational orbit, are available to download [...]

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 9, 2013Landsat Images Provide the Gold Standard for New Earth Applications

Images from Landsat satellites provided free to the public by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey were the starting points for “a new breakthrough” reported today by Time and announced on the Official Google Blog. Using its [...]

LDCM image of Crater Lake region
May 1, 2013Landsat Data Continuity Mission on WRS-2: Sample Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • Since launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has been gradually making its way to operational orbit (called WRS-2) at 705 km (438 miles) above the surface of Earth. Check out this beautifulsample [...]

May 1, 2013Landsat 5 MSS 2012-2013 Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • The workhorse of the Landsat 5 mission was the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument. In November of 2011, the TM failed, and the MultiSpectral Scanner (MSS) instrument was brought back online a few months later. The [...]

Apr 8, 2013New LDCM/Landsat 8 Image Examples Available from USGS

Source: USGS Landsat Project Apr. 8, 2013 • Greenbelt, Vandenberg, Gilbert and Sioux Falls: these four areas played important roles in the creation and implementation of the LDCM. Take a look at images of these areas, created using recently [...]

Mar 25, 2013USGS Distributes 11-Millionth Free Landsat Image

Source: @USGSLandsat Mar. 25, 2013 • The USGS Landsat project reported that on Sunday, March 24, 2013, the 11-millionth Landsat scene was downloaded for no charge from their archive.

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 17, 20132012 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Jan. 17, 2013 • The 2012 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) GeoTIFF data products are now available from http://weld.cr.usgs.gov. HDF tiled data can be downloaded fromftp://weldftp.cr.usgs.gov/. +Visit WELD Read more [...]

Dec 21, 2012Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5

Source: Jon Campbell and Tim Newman, U.S. Geological Survey Dec. 21, 2012 • Today the U.S. Geological Survey announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Apr 1, 2012USGS Offers Sample LDCM Data

Source: USGS Landsat Apr. 1, 2013 • By the end of May 2013, data from the Landsat 8 satellite will be available to all users. Each day, 400 scenes acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) will be archived [...]