Landsat News


drawing of Restore-L and Landsat 7
Jun 23, 2016Restore-L Mission to Demonstrate Technology by Refueling Landsat 7

NASA moved forward with plans to execute the ambitious Restore-L mission, an endeavor to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2020 to refuel a live satellite. The current candidate client for this venture is USGS-operated Landsat 7.

Mike Mackowski
Jun 22, 2016Maker of a Miniature Landsat 8

We asked Mike what inspired him to create the miniature Landsat 8 and found out that making model spacecraft has been a lifetime hobby for him.

Flying High: Landsat 8 Sees the International Space Station
Jun 22, 2016Flying High: Landsat 8 Sees the International Space Station

We are used to seeing photographs captured by the International Space Station, but on June 19, 2016 Landsat 8 caught a glimpse of the station itself.

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Not Likely To Recover from Drought Until 2019
Jun 21, 2016Sierra Nevada Snowpack Not Likely To Recover from Drought Until 2019

Even with this winter’s strong El Niño, the Sierra Nevada snowpack will likely take until 2019 to return to pre-drought levels, according to new research.

NASA researchers in the field
Jun 2, 2016Details of a Greening Arctic

The northern reaches of North America are getting greener, according to a NASA study that provides the most detailed look yet at plant life across Alaska and Canada. In a changing climate, almost a third of the land cover – much of it Arctic [...]

west Antarctica
Jun 1, 2016Antarctic Coastline Images Reveal Four Decades of Ice Loss to Ocean

Jun 1, 2016 • [By Catriona Kelly, University of Edinburgh] Part of Antarctica has been losing ice to the ocean for far longer than had been expected, satellite pictures reveal. A study of images along 2000 kilometers of West Antarctica’s [...]

12 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter, May 2016
May 31, 201612 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter, May 2016

May 31, 2016 • The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing [...]

Thirsting for Equitable Water Distribution, Australia Turns to Landsat
May 25, 2016Thirsting for Equitable Water Distribution, Australia Turns to Landsat

Since record keeping began in 1860, no period has been drier for southeastern Australia than the decade-long Millennium Drought. The lack of rain between 1997 and 2009 led to livestock losses, crop failures, and percentage drops in the Australian GDP.

dead trees in the Sierra Nevadas
May 20, 2016Decades of Foothill Forest Growth in Sierra Nevada Mountains Erased Due to California’s Extreme Drought

Analyzing a three-decade record of vegetation cover change from the Landsat to compare previous controls on Sierra Nevada forest growth rates and effects of recent fluctuations in water availability since the mid-1980s.

Trees burned by the Summit Fire
May 19, 2016Landsat Data Show Rapid Recovery for Some Forests in Santa Cruz Mountains Despite Drought

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellite images over the past three decades showed that the severe drought periods recorded since the 1980s have not slowed rapid tree and shrub growth, especially on steep slopes burned recently by [...]



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