November 2011


Nov 16, 2011NASA and USGS Announce Media Briefing: How Will We Sustain a More Populated Planet?

Expanding demand from a growing world population -- now numbered at over 7 billion -- exerts unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water, and agriculture. Observing our world by remote sensing satellites enables [...]

Nov 15, 2011Capturing Landsat’s Long History

In an era when receipt of images from Earth-orbiting satellites is “routine”, it’s hard to recall that a few short decades ago this wasn’t the case. Landsat has stood at the forefront of space-based Earth observation, and has been Read more [...]

The Balayan-Souroumba region in Guinea
Nov 10, 2011USGS and USAID Partner to Conserve Forests, Water in Africa

Contributor: Vicky Fakan, USAID USAID has long been a major actor helping to conserve Guinea's forest reserves, which replenish many of West Africa's life-sustaining waterways. Now, a recent partnership between USAID and the U.S. Geological [...]

Shannon Franks
Nov 9, 2011Meet Shannon Franks

When people think of NASA, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an image of astronauts floating around the International Space Station, or perhaps the great discoveries that have come from the agency's space programme. However, while [...]

Nov 9, 2011LDCM Past Another Milestone

The NASA Agency Program Management Council unanimously approved the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) to proceed to into Phase D following a Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D) review at NASA Headquarters on November 8, 2011. Phase D is the final [...]

Nov 7, 2011Landsat Update – Volume 5 Issue 4 2011

The USGS Landsat Update is now available. Articles include: Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook: Social Media comes to Landsat WELD Project: Web-Enabled Landsat Data Meetings: International Scientists join for SilvaCarbon Workshop Upcoming Meetings  [...]

A technician surveys the TIRS instrument and the calibration equipment
Nov 1, 2011Landsat’s TIRS Instrument Comes Out of First Round of Thermal Vacuum Testing

Source: Ellen Gray The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Video: • TIRS Read [...]