June 2012


Jun 28, 2012“Mud Island”

• Poplar Island rises out of the Chesapeake Bay as it's rebuilt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers using dredged mud from the Baltimore Harbor which lies about 30 miles (about 48 kilometers) north of the island. In these Landsat images, [...]

Jorge Guarin and Ben Jose
Jun 27, 2012NASA-Funded Partnership Bringing Internship and Research Opportunities to Tribal Colleges

Source: Francina Garcia, Tohono O'odham Community College • Both this summer and last, the Landsat project participated in a geospatial technologies workshop for tribal college faculty and students which is part of the NASA Tribal College [...]

Chesapeake Bay region
Jun 19, 2012EarthSky Interview with Peter Claggett: Seeing Chesapeake Bay Changes with Landsat

Satellite images show big changes happening to Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., where freshwater meets the sea. Peter Claggett is a research geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey's Eastern Geographic Science Center. [...]

forest in Gabon, Africa
Jun 18, 2012Landsat Sets the Standard for Maps of World’s Forests

• NASA's Earth-observing fleet of satellites provides a worldwide and unbiased view with standardized scientific data—information crucial for tracking the health of the world's forests. Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA [...]

Jun 12, 2012UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space holds special panel on the 40th anniversary of Landsat

• Peace, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about satellites, but for the United Nations (UN), one satellite has been contributing to countries from around the world working side-by-side for almost 40 years. The [...]

Ganges River Delta
Jun 8, 2012Best of ‘Earth As Art’: A Contest to Celebrate 40 Years of Landsat

• During a span of 40 years, since 1972, the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites has become a vital reference worldwide for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources. To celebrate the 40th [...]

Jun 6, 2012Landsat 7 Back on Track

Source: USGS Landsat Mission • In late April, Landsat 7 had to move away from a piece of oncoming space debris. This sent Landsat 7 westward out of its nominal reference orbit. In May, the Flight Operations Team conducted a maneuver to push [...]

Jun 4, 2012Aging Landsat 5 Changes Glasses At 28: Vintage Satellite Finds New Life with Alternate Imaging System

Source: USGS • Landsat 5 has orbited Earth over 150,000 times since it was launched in 1984, making it the longest-operating Earth observing satellite of its kind. During this time, two data collection instruments onboard Landsat 5—the [...]