April 2008


Apr 24, 2008Landsat Data Continuity Mission USGS Acquisition Strategy for Ground System Segments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) share responsibility for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). NASA will develop the flight systems including the [...]

Apr 22, 2008The U.S. House of Representatives Honors Landsat on Earth Day

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives honored the Landsat missions by entering a resolution that expressed appreciation to all contributing scientists, engineers, and program personnel for the first 35 years of the Landsat program and [...]

Apr 22, 2008NASA Selects Contractor for Landsat Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft

Contact: Cynthia O'Carroll, NASA/GSFC NASA has selected General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft.Under the terms of the $116,306,179 delivery order, General Dynamics [...]

Apr 22, 2008An Earth Day Perspective: NASA Satellites Aid in Chesapeake Bay Recovery

Contact: Andrew Freeberg From the distant reaches of the universe, to black holes and Saturn’s rings, NASA explores some of the most far-out parts of space. But NASA also does research much closer to home. In fact, NASA Earth Science satellites [...]

Chesapeake Bay
Apr 22, 2008Landsat’s Role in Chesapeake Bay Management

• John Smith’s Bay Then & Now - When Captain John Smith first explored the Chesapeake Bay in 1607, the “Great Shellfish Bay,” as it was called by the Algonquian Natives, had transparent waters teeming with aquatic life, massive Read [...]

Apr 21, 2008New USGS Landsat Image Policy

By February 2009, any Landsat archive scene selected by a user will be processed, at no charge, automatically to a standard product recipe and staged for electronic retrieval. In addition, newly acquired scenes meeting a cloud cover threshold of [...]

Apr 15, 2008Landsat 7 Turns Nine

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 operations continue today, despite the Scan Line Corrector (SLC-off) anomaly.

Apr 15, 2008USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The latest issue of the USGS Landsat Project Update is available on the USGS Landsat website. The 2008, Volume 2 Issue 1, includes the following articles: + USGS Data Search and Discovery Survey Reveals New Insights + Sioux Falls...We Have a [...]

Apr 15, 2008Landsat 7 Celebrates a Decade of Service

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 is the considered the most accurately calibrated Earth-observing satellite, i.e., its measurements are extremely accurate when compared to the same measurements made on the [...]

Landsat-derived water temperature in the Inland Bays
Apr 7, 2008Landsat Helps Locate Groundwater Discharge in Delaware

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) at the University of Delaware has released a new technical report that identifies locations of groundwater discharge to estuaries and determines locations of discharge into the Inland Bays. Using satellite [...]

Apr 1, 2008Newly Acquired Landsat 7 Scenes of Africa Available for Free

As Landsat 7 acquires clear scenes over Africa (less than or equal to 20 percent cloud cover), the Landsat Project is automatically processing those scenes to an L1T, applying precision ground control and the SRTM DEM for geometric correction. [...]