March 2011


Mar 24, 2011MSS orders held until April 1st

Source: USGS Landsat Mission Starting on Friday, March 25th, MSS orders will be held so that radiometric enhancements can be implemented. MSS processing will recommence on April 1st, and notices will be sent, as typical, when scenes are [...]

Professor Matt Hansen
Mar 24, 2011Within Reach: Easily Turning Landsat Data into Information

Source: South Dakota State University via Newswise Far-sighted data policy and cloud computing are leading to the “democratization of satellite mapping,” one expert says—and the payoff will be wider access to information about the earth via Read [...]

Part of Antarctica seen with the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica.
Mar 22, 2011EarthSky Interview with Robert Bindschadler: First ever image mosaic of entire Antarctica detail

Scientists have created a mosaic of digital images collected from space showing the frozen continent of Antarctica—one of the most remote and least known places on Earth—in amazing detail for the first time ever. The mosaic is called LIMA, Read [...]

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Mar 22, 2011Thirst for Knowledge: NASA Eyes World’s Water

As the world moves toward adding a few more billion people in the coming decades, many people who keep an eye on the horizon find themselves worried about water. Drinking water, water for irrigation, water for industry. Getting clean water is [...]

Mar 22, 2011Las Vegas 1972-2010

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Mar 21, 2011Secretary Salazar Charts Future for Landsat Satellite Program

Source: Kendra Barkoff (Dept. of the Interior;, Roz Brown (Ball Aerospace) Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to make the Department of the Interior the permanent manager of the Landsat series of Earth observation [...]

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Mar 19, 2011Landsat at the George Wright Society Conference

The biennial George Wright Society Conference (GWS2011) was held in New Orleans from March 14–18. Over 1100 people attended the meeting that focused on “Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World.” Dr. Jim Irons, the Landsat Data Continuity [...]

Mar 16, 2011Landsat 5 Acquiring Data Normally

Source: USGS Landsat Mission As of March 16, 2011, Landsat 5 is acquiring data normally. Further Information: + USGS Landsat Mission Website Read more [...]

Mar 15, 2011NASA Working Hard for a 2012 LDCM Launch

A recent Space News article elaborates on NASA’s motivation to launch the next Landsat satellite—the Landsat Data Continuity Mission—by December 2012. LDCM will be launched on an Atlas 5 rocket, but if the launch date slips into 2013 the Atlas [...]

Mar 15, 2011Short-term Suspension of Landsat 5 Acquisitions

Source: USGS Landsat Mission On March 14, 2011, Landsat 5 experienced a minor anomaly. The spacecraft is currently operating normally, but it will take a few days to return the instrument to a nominal temperature. Data is expected to be [...]

Mar 13, 2011Pending MSS and L4 TM Calibration Release

Source: USGS Landsat Mission In the upcoming weeks, the Landsat Project will incorporate new radiometric enhancements for all Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) and Landsat 4 Thematic Mapper (TM) thermal data. A notice will be posted when the new [...]

Mar 9, 2011USGS Debuts a Full-Resolution “LandsatLook” JPEG Product

LandsatLook images are full-resolution JPEG files that are now included as options when downloading Landsat data from EarthExplorer or Glovis. Three products are available, and are useful for image selection and visual interpretation. The [...]

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Mar 3, 2011Landsat Science Team Meeting Held in Phoenix

A semi-annual meeting of the Landsat Science Team was held in Phoenix, Arizona from March 1–3. The meeting focused on the LDCM mission status and included a briefing by the LDCM spacecraft designer—Orbital Sciences—located in nearby Gilbert, [...]

Mar 1, 2011Landsat 5 Turns 27

On this day in 1984, Landsat 5 was launched into orbit. To this day Landsat 5 is still collecting data; the 27 year life span of Landsat 5 is unprecedented. + More about Landsat 5 Read more [...]