February 2013


LDCM launch
Feb 28, 2013LDCM Launch Coverage

Feb. 28, 2013 • The Landsat Data Continuity Mission successfully launched into orbit on Feb. 11, 2013 at 10:02 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-3 launch pad aboard an Atlas V-401 rocket. Assistant launch director Tim Dunn told NASA Read [...]

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Feb 19, 2013New Maps Provide Crucial Information for Water Managers

For the first time, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have mapped long-term average evapotranspiration rates across the continental United States—a crucial tool for water managers and planners because of the huge role evapotranspiration plays in [...]

ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery
Feb 13, 2013ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery

[Source: European Space Agency] The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to [...]

DOI Secretary & NASA Administrator
Feb 11, 2013Interior Prepares to Conduct Landsat 8 Scientific Programs

[Source: Jon Campbell, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey] Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Anne Castle, [...]

Feb 8, 2013Pre-Launch Press Conference Held

A prelaunch news conference featuring NASA and USGS scientists was held on Feb. 8 at the Vandenberg AFB in California, where the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM, is scheduled for Feb 11. LDCM will extend global land [...]

Feb 8, 2013Excitement Builds for Landsat 8

Feb. 8, 2013 • As Monday's launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission approaches, lots of news organizations are following the story. Here's a sampling of recent articles: + Landsat 8 to the Rescue, Nature + Fate of Historic Landsat Mission [...]

Feb 8, 2013LDCM: A New Era in Earth Observation

Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center Feb. 8, 2013 • NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972. The mission will extend more than 40 years of global land observations that are [...]

Feb 8, 2013LDCM Gets a Tentative “Go”

Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center Feb. 8, 2013 • The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Readiness Review (LRR) gave a tentative "go" for launch Friday, pending completion of two open items of work. These are expected to be complete by [...]

Feb 7, 2013LDCM Launch Details

Feb. 7, 2013 • With the LDCM launch fast approaching there are a dizzying amount of details out there. Here we attempt to organize some of those launch information resources for you. About Launch The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) will [...]

Feb 6, 2013LDCM & Atlas V Rocket a Go for Feb. 11 Launch

Source: NASA Feb. 6, 2013 • Managers today gave the “go” to proceed toward a Feb. 11 launch of NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. [...]

Feb 5, 2013Landsat Improving Everyday Life

Feb. 5, 2013 • The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) builds on a rich legacy of service to society. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series and will be renamed Landsat 8 after launch. The mission will extend the more than [...]

Feb 1, 2013Landsat Monitors Chesapeake Bay Change

Landsat is a critical and invaluable tool for characterizing the landscape and mapping it over time. Landsat data provides a baseline of observations for science about how human activities on the land affect water quality, affect wildlife [...]