Apr 24, 2008Landsat Data Continuity Mission USGS Acquisition Strategy for Ground System Segments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) share responsibility for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). NASA will develop the flight systems including the spacecraft, instrument, mission operations element and mission launch, and perform on-orbit checkout. The USGS will develop, implement, and operate the ground […]

Apr 22, 2008The U.S. House of Representatives Honors Landsat on Earth Day

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives honored the Landsat missions by entering a resolution that expressed appreciation to all contributing scientists, engineers, and program personnel for the first 35 years of the Landsat program and urged continuation of the Landsat program for another 35 years. For details of the resolution, please see H. Res. 891. […]

Apr 22, 2008NASA Selects Contractor for Landsat Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft

Contact: Cynthia O’Carroll, NASA/GSFC NASA has selected General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft. Under the terms of the $116,306,179 delivery order, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will be responsible for the design and fabrication of the LDCM spacecraft bus, integration of the government furnished instruments, satellite-level testing, […]

Apr 22, 2008An Earth Day Perspective: NASA Satellites Aid in Chesapeake Bay Recovery

Contact: Andrew Freeberg From the distant reaches of the universe, to black holes and Saturn’s rings, NASA explores some of the most far-out parts of space. But NASA also does research much closer to home. In fact, NASA Earth Science satellites are taking part in the management and recovery of an ecosystem right in our […]

Chesapeake Bay
Apr 22, 2008Landsat’s Role in Chesapeake Bay Management

Apr 22, 2008 • John Smith’s Bay Then & Now – When Captain John Smith first explored the Chesapeake Bay in 1607, the “Great Shellfish Bay,” as it was called by the Algonquian Natives, had transparent waters teeming with aquatic life, massive oyster reefs, tremendous waterfowl flocks, and uninterrupted virgin hardwood forests on its shores. […]

Apr 21, 2008New USGS Landsat Image Policy

By February 2009, any Landsat archive scene selected by a user will be processed, at no charge, automatically to a standard product recipe and staged for electronic retrieval. In addition, newly acquired scenes meeting a cloud cover threshold of 20% or below will be processed to the standard recipe and placed on line for at […]

Apr 15, 2008Landsat 7 Turns Nine

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 operations continue today, despite the Scan Line Corrector (SLC-off) anomaly.

Apr 15, 2008USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The latest issue of the USGS Landsat Project Update is available on the USGS Landsat website. The 2008, Volume 2 Issue 1, includes the following articles: + USGS Data Search and Discovery Survey Reveals New Insights + Sioux Falls…We Have a Problem + Landsat Spotlight + The Global Land Survey (GLS) Dataset + Did you know…? + Landsat Images for your Homepage […]

Apr 15, 2008Landsat 7 Celebrates a Decade of Service

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 is the considered the most accurately calibrated Earth-observing satellite, i.e., its measurements are extremely accurate when compared to the same measurements made on the ground. The excellent data quality, consistent global archiving scheme, and now free data of Landsat 7 are hallmarks […]

Landsat-derived water temperature in the Inland Bays
Apr 7, 2008Landsat Helps Locate Groundwater Discharge in Delaware

Apr 7, 2008 • The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) at the University of Delaware has released a new technical report that identifies locations of groundwater discharge to estuaries and determines locations of discharge into the Inland Bays. Using satellite imagery, the report identifies potential discharge locations by analyzing processed thermal images along with the panchromatic […]

Apr 1, 2008Newly Acquired Landsat 7 Scenes of Africa Available for Free

As Landsat 7 acquires clear scenes over Africa (less than or equal to 20 percent cloud cover), the Landsat Project is automatically processing those scenes to an L1T, applying precision ground control and the SRTM DEM for geometric correction. These scenes are accurate to within 30m. There are four areas of the continent that are […]