February 2008


Feb 29, 2008Landsat 5 Satellite Back in Action

Source: Ron Beck, USGS The earth imaging satellite Landsat 5 is once again collecting and downlinking land-image data. The satellite was temporarily taken out of service in October 2007 following a cell failure within one of the satellite's two [...]

Feb 26, 2008Landsat Used to Quantify Sumatran Deforestation and Elephant Peril

The World Wildlife Federation released a report this week warning that accelerated deforestation rates in Sumatra are increasing CO2emissions and pushing native elephants to the brink of extinction. A WWF team of researchers used Landsat data to [...]

Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD
Feb 21, 2008Landsat Part of Goddard Day in Annapolis, MD

The Landsat Project Science Office participated in the Goddard Day event at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, MD. Goddard Day was intended to showcase the research that happens at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Four scientists [...]

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Feb 15, 2008Recent Virginia Wildfires Captured by Landsat 7 Satellite

Source: USGS Approximately 6,000 acres of burned area is visible from space. On February 11, the U.S. Geological Survey's satellite, Landsat 7, captured an image of the fires south of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. The blue area near the [...]

Feb 10, 2008Establishing Historical Land Cover

USGS and NASA researchers teamed together in a highly ambitious effort to reconstruct historical land cover and biophysical parameters of the eastern U.S. Their resulting data sets will support future climate modeling, studies concerning the [...]

Feb 8, 2008Earth Science and the FY09 Budget

The FY09 budget included many nods to Earth observing satellites and the Earth science they enable.A Feb. 4 OSTP press release states: The Bush Administration today announced its plans for a significant enhancement of the Nation’s civil Earth [...]

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Feb 1, 2008Landsat Tracks Down A Pesky Weed in Australia

Source: Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia Queensland scientists are using satellite technology to help manage one of Australia’s most damaging weeds. “This a world first,’’ Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries [...]