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Feb 25, 2014 • Landsat 8 Onion Skin

Landsat satellites circle the globe every 99 minutes, collecting data about the land surfaces passing underneath. After 16 days, the Landsat satellite has passed over every spot on the globe, and recorded data in 11 different wavelength regions. The individual wavelength bands can be combined into color images, with different combinations of the 11 bands revealing different information about the condition of the land cover.

Landsat Orbital Swath
Feb 19, 2014 Round She Goes: Landsat’s Orbital Swath

[Source: NASA Science Visualization Studio] As a Landsat satellite flies over the surface of the Earth the instruments aboard the satellite are able to view a swath 185 kilometers wide and collect images along that swath as the satellite [...]

Landsat Orbit image
Feb 12, 2014 • NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Celebrates First Year of Success

One year ago, on Feb. 11, 2013, NASA launched the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch went perfectly, and 100 days later NASA transferred operational control to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Jan 23, 2014 • How to Manage a Satellite Going 17K MPH

Steven J. Covington tells the story of Landsat 5, which was launched in 1984 for a three-year lifetime and was kept alive for nearly 29 years through ingenuity and luck.

Jan 23, 2014 • Mapping Water Use from Space: Martha Anderson

Dr. Martha Anderson, research scientist, USDA, will talk about using images from the Landsat satellite program to monitor water use and drought on U.S. farms with pinpoint accuracy to measure evapotranspiration, the total amount of water used in the process of growing crops.


Leonard Lopate
Aug 8, 2013 Environmental Monitoring with Public Domain Satellites

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate talks with SkyTruth president, John Amos, about using public domain satellite imagery, such as Landsat, to monitor the environment. SkyTruth uses all types of satellite imagery to monitor environmental changes and [...]

Chesapeake Bay region
Jun 19, 2012 EarthSky 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. [...]

Old growth Oregon coastal forest
Feb 8, 2012 EarthSky Interview with Alan Belward: Tracking Changes to Earth’s Forests from Space

Satellite researcher Alan Belward works for the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. Dr. Belward heads the Land Resource Management Unit, which looks at [...]

Landsat-derived deforestation trends
Dec 6, 2010 A Carbon Agreement That Would Rely on Landsat Data

At the UN climate talks in Cancun, a satellite-based protocol to track deforestation is being met with some optimism. In this new initiative to incentivize forest conservation in developing countries, Landsat data would be used to verify [...]

forest floor
Oct 25, 2010 Landsat Backbone of Forest Monitoring

In a recent EarthSky interview, Landsat science team member Curtis Woodcock talks about the importance of Landsat data to global forest monitoring. Podcasts: • 90 second podcast interview (1.7 Mb) • 8 min. podcast interview (13.9 Mb) From [...]