Exciting, and sometimes bizarre, Landsat factoids!


Mirror set-up
Sep 4, 2014 A Big Eye in the Mojave Desert

In 1980, artist Tom Van Sant created the world’s largest manmade image with the help of Landsat 3.

MSS image of Half Dome, May 1972
May 1, 2014 1972 MSS Image of Half Dome

months before the launch of Landsat 1, engineers from Hughes Aircraft Company took their engineering model of the Multispectal Scanning System (MSS) out to Yosemite National Park, set it up on Glacier Point, and took this test image of Half [...]

L5 from L8, band 8
Feb 14, 2014 Landsat 8 Spots an Old Friend

n June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey decommissioned the venerable Landsat 5 satellite. That day, the USGS Landsat Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to Landsat 5, effectively terminating the mission and leaving it in a [...]

The LDCM thermal instrument engineering team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Apr 27, 2012 Engineering the Future By Building on the Landsat Legacy

Building a satellite is a major collaboration and involves the hard work of many different types of engineers. The engineering process for Landsat involves defining the satellite requirements, testing the design, building the instruments and [...]

Left: a report page from the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922, accepted into the Memory of the World Register in 2011. Right: a page of the Gutenberg Bible, accepted into the register in 2001.
Oct 13, 2011 Landsat MSS Data Now Part of the Memory of the World Register

What do the Landsat MSS data archive, the Gutenberg Bible, Tolstoy’s personal library, and the Book of Kells—an eighth century illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks—have in common? They are all among the 245 international documentary [...]