Asian mangrove
Oct 30, 2007A Landsat Survey of Mangroves in Tsunami Prone Regions

Oct 30, 2007 • Agricultural expansion rather than shrimp farming is the major factor responsible for the destruction of tropical mangrove forests in the tsunami-impacted regions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, according to a new study published in the Journal of Biogeography. Giri and other researchers used more than 750 […]

Design concept of LDCM's Operational Land Imager instrument
Oct 25, 2007The Landsat Data Continuity Mission: Extending the Longest Legacy of Global Land Observation

Oct 25, 2007 • In a world newly awash with geospatial information, only Landsat offers a rich archive of global mid-resolution, highly calibrated, multispectral data of Earth’s landmasses. To extend this legacy, plans are in the works for a July 2011 launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which will collect and archive data […]

Oct 19, 2007Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group Meeting Held

Contributor: Terry Arvidson This year’s Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG-36) meeting was held in South Africa October 15-19, 2007. The meeting was organized by USGS and hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Satellite Applications Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. Participants from 12 countries, including members of the USGS Landsat project and […]

Oct 19, 2007Landsat at NSF Advanced Technological Education Conference

LDCM Education/Outreach staffer Jeannie Allen presented a poster on the land remote sensing education program, “Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT),” at NSF ATE’s conference for PIs and Co-PIs, “Keeping Technical Programs Viable and Sustainable,” in Washington DC, October 17-19. iGETT will enable 40 community and tribal college faculty to integrate Landsat remote sensing […]

Oct 6, 2007Landsat 5 Experienced an Issue with Its Onboard Batteries

Landsat 5 experienced an issue with its onboard batteries, leading to concerns about power balance. Imaging will be suspended while the flight operations team analyzes the problem. The Landsat team expects the investigation will last from 2 to 3 weeks. Further announcements will be made as needed Further Information: + USGS Landsat website

Atlas V rocket family
Oct 3, 2007NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Earth Imagery Satellite

NASA’s Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services of Littleton, Colo., for launching of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. The $124 million contract award is a competed firm-fixed-price task order. It includes launch services for an Atlas V model 401 rocket, payload processing, launch vehicle […]