Creator Tom Hill with his Landsat 7 (left) and Landsat 5 (right) LEGO models.
Jun 28, 2007A LEGO Landsat

Jun 28, 2007 • Did you know LEGO sells model kits that enable you to build replicas of the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites? Well, thanks to Tom Hill of the Landsat project, they do. Serendipitously, after taking a position in Landsat flight operations last fall, Tom spent an evening playing LEGO with his […]

Jun 21, 2007Semi-Annual Landsat Calibration Meeting Held

Contributor: Brian Markham On June 20-21, 2007 the joint NASA-USGS Landsat calibration working group met at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Some key results/recommendations presented at the current meeting included: The Landsat-7 ETM+ geodetic error (RMSE) has degraded slightly to about 30 meters in the cross track and along track directions. It is still about […]

Jun 16, 2007NASA Awards Contract for LDCM Instrument

NASA has selected Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., to develop the Operational Land Imager instrument for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The instrument will capture images in the visible and near-infrared spectra. The cost-plus-award-fee contract, including all options, is $127.9 million. Under the contract terms, Ball Aerospace will design, develop, fabricate […]

Jun 14, 2007Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

The second LDCM-era Landsat Science Team meeting was held in Corvallis, Oregon. The three day meeting included updates on the Science Team’s research projects, information about the LDCM ground system, open discussion regarding the LDCM data policy, and more. Visit the USGS LDCM website for meeting details. + meeting agenda

The Yangtze River in 1987 and 2006
Jun 14, 2007Landsat Watches as China Constructs Giant Dam

Jun 14, 2007 • Some call it the eighth wonder of world. Others say it’s the next Great Wall of China. Upon completion in 2009, the Three Gorges Dam along China’s Yangtze River will be the world’s largest hydroelectric power generator and one of the few man-made structures so enormous that it’s actually visible to […]

Jun 8, 2007Landsat Helps Assess Impacts of Industrial Logging in Central Africa

Jun 8, 2007 • Though the dense humid forests of Central Africa have been regarded as among the most pristine on Earth, the expansion of industrial logging and the accompanying proliferation of road density are threatening the future of this important ecosystem. Woods Hole Research Center scientists are using [Landsat] satellite imagery taken from 1976 […]

Jun 7, 2007Landsat & the Intertribal Timber Council

Landsat staff participated in the Intertribal Timber Council’s (ITC) 31st Annual National Indian Timber Symposium that took place in Polson, MT. Jeannie Allen, a remote sensing education specialist with the Landsat Project, and Ken Bailey, geospatial liaison between NASA and the Department of the Interior, helped to assure that the potential contributions of remote sensing […]

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Jun 4, 2007Free Landsat 7 Data Available from USGS

Starting on June 4, 2007, the USGS is offering free orthorectified SLC-off Landsat 7 data of the United States as part of a pilot for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) data policy. Each new U.S. Landsat 7 acquisition will become part of this free archive. Plans also call for Landsat 7 data collected as early as June […]

Jun 3, 2007USGS Associate Director for Geography’s Letter to the Editor Regarding Landsat

In response to a May 10 Op-Ed in the Washington Post, “The Planet NASA Needs to Explore,” the Associate Director for Geography of U.S. Geological Survey, Barbara Ryan, wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Post on Sunday, June 3, 2007, stating: “Regarding the May 10 op-ed ‘The Planet NASA Needs to Explore’ by Tony […]

Jun 1, 2007Updated Draft LDCM Mission Operations Element Requirement Document

An updated draft LDCM Mission Operations Element Requirement Document is now available for review and comment. Please provide comments pertaining to these documents to Michelle McIntyre on or before June 15, 2007. For more information on LDCM procurement documents, please visit the NASA LDCM website.