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Mar 20, 2014 • Tracking Urban Change and Flood Risk with Landsat

Landsat can help communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk.

Feb 26, 2014 • Landsat 8 Eyes Japan, GPM Launch Site

This Landsat 8 satellite image of some southern Japanese islands includes Tanegashima (far right), from where the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission’s Core Observatory is scheduled to blast into orbit aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket. This image was taken on April 13, 2013. The GPM satellite is scheduled for launch during a window that opens at 3:07 a.m. in [...]

Feb 11, 2014 • NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Celebrates First Year of Success

The latest Landsat satellite continues the program’s observations, dating back to 1972, of change across Earth’s land surfaces.

Feb 11, 2014 • Landsat 8′s First Year

On Feb. 11, 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into a sunny California morning onboard a powerful Atlas V and began its life in orbit. In the year since launch, scientists have been working to understand the information the satellite has been sending back. Some have been calibrating the data—checking it against ground observations and matching it to the rest [...]

Dec 9, 2013 • NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth

On clear winter nights, a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau can see temperatures dip below minus 133.6 F.

Nov 14, 2013 • NASA-USGS Landsat Data Yield Best View to Date of Global Forest Losses, Gains

The ravages of deforestation, wildfires, windstorms, and insects on global forests during this century are revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study based on data from the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 satellite.

Aug 21, 2013 • After a Fire, Before a Flood: NASA’s Landsat Directs Restoration to At-Risk Areas

While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered in New Mexico, forest restoration specialists were on the job, analyzing Landsat data to determine where to focus restoration efforts.