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A Landsat thermal image with banding
Oct 31, 2014 Landsat Ghostbusters—How the Landsat Calibration Team Caught a Ghost

Shortly after the launch of Landsat 8, the calibration team noticed something strange: bright and dark stripes, or “banding” was showing up across certain images collected by the satellite’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). Prelaunch testing of [...]

Burn severity map for Wallow Fire
Aug 29, 2013 Landsat Revisits Old Flames in Fire Trends

The Wallow Fire burned over 500,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Arizona history, to date. It is one of many large fires that fire managers and researchers have seen scorch forests nationwide since the early 2000s. “We have [...]

LDCM launch
May 8, 2013 Commissioning the Landsat Data Continuity Mission

On the beautifully clear Monday morning of Feb. 11, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission made its way from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to low Earth orbit. The more than 1,000 Landsat scientists, engineers, data users, and fans [...]

Landsat Science Team, Feb. 2013
Mar 6, 2013 Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

A Landsat Science Team Meeting was held from February 10–14, 2013 at the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton, Calif in conjunction with the Feb. 11 launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite launch. Science team members received [...]

Feb 8, 2013 Pre-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 [...]