Feb 29, 2008Landsat 5 Satellite Back in Action

Source: Ron Beck, USGS The earth imaging satellite Landsat 5 is once again collecting and downlinking land-image data. The satellite was temporarily taken out of service in October 2007 following a cell failure within one of the satellite’s two operating on-board batteries. USGS Flight Operations Team engineers were forced to discover ways to balance the energy […]

Feb 26, 2008Landsat Used to Quantify Sumatran Deforestation and Elephant Peril

The World Wildlife Federation released a report this week warning that accelerated deforestation rates in Sumatra are increasing CO2emissions and pushing native elephants to the brink of extinction. A WWF team of researchers used Landsat data to establish land cover change trends in central Sumatra’s Riau Province. Their findings show that in the 25 years […]

Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD
Feb 21, 2008Landsat Part of Goddard Day in Annapolis, MD

The Landsat Project Science Office participated in the Goddard Day event at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, MD. Goddard Day was intended to showcase the research that happens at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Four scientists and engineers from the Landsat team were at the event to talk with visitors about the Landsat […]

Virginia fire
Feb 15, 2008Recent Virginia Wildfires Captured by Landsat 7 Satellite

Source: USGS Approximately 6,000 acres of burned area is visible from space. On February 11, the U.S. Geological Survey’s satellite, Landsat 7, captured an image of the fires south of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. The blue area near the bottom of the image represents smoke from the flames. The maroon regions are recently burned areas and […]

Feb 10, 2008Establishing Historical Land Cover

Feb 10, 2008 • USGS and NASA researchers teamed together in a highly ambitious effort to reconstruct historical land cover and biophysical parameters of the eastern U.S. Their resulting data sets will support future climate modeling, studies concerning the impact of historical land cover change on water, energy and carbon budgets (and cycles), as well […]

Feb 8, 2008Earth Science and the FY09 Budget

The FY09 budget included many nods to Earth observing satellites and the Earth science they enable. A Feb. 4 OSTP press release states: The Bush Administration today announced its plans for a significant enhancement of the Nation’s civil Earth observation capabilities. These activities include re-instating key climate measurement capabilities that once were part of the […]

Feb 1, 2008Landsat Tracks Down A Pesky Weed in Australia

Source: Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia Queensland scientists are using satellite technology to help manage one of Australia’s most damaging weeds. “This a world first,’’ Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Tim Mulherin said today. “Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the Department of Natural Resources and Water are […]