November 2013


Springtime temp, 2090
Nov 13, 2013NASA Brings Earth Science ‘Big Data’ to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

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 AWS cloud.

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.

Landsat 8 image of Mount Jefferson
Oct 23, 2013How To Make a True-Color Landsat 8 Image

Robert Simmon from NASA’s Earth Observatory has provided a detailed tutorial on creating true-color images using Landsat 8 data on his Elegant Figures blog.

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 Data Processing Resumes
Oct 17, 2013Landsat Data Processing Resumes

Processing has resumed for Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 data acquired from October 1, 2013 to October 17, 2013. Scenes will become available for download from EarthExplorer and GloVis as processing is completed.

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.

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

In 1972 NASA launched the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ETRS), now known as Landsat 1, and on February 11, 2013 launched Landsat 8. Currently the United States has collected 40 continuous years of satellite records of land remote sensing [...]

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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

ENVI HotFix now available.

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

Based on functionality developed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Land Data Operational Product Evaluation (LDOPE) team at Goddard Space Flight Center, the Toolbelt can be downloaded as a zip file that contains the [...]

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

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 from EarthExplorer and GloVis.

May 17, 2013Surface Reflectance is Now Available

Surface reflectance is now available as a Landsat climate data record (CDR) product through EarthExplorer

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 [...]