January 2010


Jan 29, 2010Landsat 7 Project Scientist Retires from NASA

After 34-plus years of government service, Dr. Darrel Williams retired on January 29, 2010. Over the tenure of his career, Williams made a lasting impact on the study of the Earth’s land surface using space-based measurements. His scientific [...]

Jan 28, 2010Landsat Contributes to New NASS Geospatial Data Product Release

Source: Audra Zakzeski, USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today announced the release of new satellite images depicting agricultural land cover across most of the nation for the 2009 crop [...]

Jan 28, 2010Calibration Update To ETM+ Thermal Band

Source: USGS Effective January 1, 2010, the calibration of the ETM+ thermal band was modified to correct for a lifetime gain error detected by the vicarious calibration teams. Changes were made to the Calibration Parameter File (CPF) to correct [...]

LDCM-era Landsat Science Team
Jan 21, 2010Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

A Landsat Science Team Meeting was held between Jan. 19–21, 2010 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The meeting included updates regarding Landsat 5 and 7 status, proposed Landsat processing changes, the archive, MSS [...]

Agriculture Idaho
Jan 21, 2010Water Watchers

Dean Stevenson has farmed the plains of south-central Idaho most of his forty-seven years. Like all farmers, he worries about things like the price of sugar beets and malt barley or the cost of gasoline, but most of all, he worries about water. [...]

Jan 15, 2010Landsat 5 Returns to Operations

Source: USGS Landsat 5 has continued to downlink data successfully. Data is available for order and download beginning with acquisitions on January 10, 2010.

Jan 13, 2010Spaceflight Now: Landsat Hanging On

In an article written for Spaceflight Now, Stephen Clark chronicles the recent triumph of Landsat 5 over a failed downlink transmitter in December. The article is full of quotes from Bruce Quirk, the USGS land remote sensing program coordinator; [...]

Jan 7, 2010Landsat 5 Transmits Data

Source: USGS Today, on January 7, 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey ground station at Sioux Falls, South Dakota successfully conducted a test to collect data from Landsat 5. Continued testing is planned for the next several days, downlinking [...]

Jan 4, 2010Landsat: Earth Observations for a Changing World

Bruce Quirk, the USGS land remote sensing program coordinator, has penned an article for IEEE's earthzine about the Landsat program, the data's value, data access, and the future.+ “Landsat: Earth Observations for a Changing World” by Bruce [...]

Jan 2, 2010Presentations From Landsat Data Product Workshop Available

Source: USGS A Landsat Data Products Workshop was held at Boston University, MA. October 27–29, 2009. Workshop goals were to: (1) Define a set of Landsat-based products of general use and interest to the community, (2) determine “best practices” [...]