Landsat Science Updates


2011 Miss. River flood
Jul 22, 2014 Landsat’s Global Perspective

[Source: NASA Science Visualization Studio] On July 23rd, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called “Earth Resources Technology Satellite,” or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a [...]

WELD 2010 global collection
Jul 18, 2014 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (aka WELD) Going Global

The Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project has released prototype global data sets for climate year 2010. The data sets are available as both monthly and annual 30m products generated from Landsat 5 and 7 data. The data sets are available at: [...]

Moon above Earth
Jul 11, 2014 Landsat Looks to the Moon

[Source NASA / YouTube] Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, [...]

Rebecca Moore
Jul 2, 2014 Maps for Good: Saving Trees and Saving Lives with Petapixel-Scale Computing

Google has leveraged the massive amount of data collected about our planet from space over the last four-plus decades—Landsat being one of the key data sets. In this video, Google Earth Engine founder Rebecca Moore shares how Google Earth began [...]

USGS Landsat Water Report
Jul 1, 2014 Landsat and Water—Case Studies of the Uses and Benefits of Landsat Imagery in Water Resources

[Source: USGS] The Landsat program has been collecting and archiving moderate resolution earth imagery since 1972. The number of Landsat users and uses has increased exponentially since the enactment of a free and open data policy in 2008, which [...]



Landsat News


Jul 2, 2014 • Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach

Landsat 8 is helping researchers spot algae from space, gathering information that could direct beach-goers away from contaminated bays and shores.

Apr 21, 2014 • Environmental Watch with Landsat satellites

Landsat satellites have monitored Earth’s environment for more than four decades, providing detailed imagery of our planet

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 • 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 [...]



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