coral reef map
Mar 31, 2009Landsat Used to Map Persian Gulf Coral Reefs

Contributor: Rashmi De Roy, World Wildlife Foundation In 2006, the WWF helped prepare the first map of coral habitats in the southeastern Persian Gulf, highlighting some of the most extensive and biologically important coral reefs around the offshore islands and banks of the United Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Qatar’s harbor. This large scale […]

Mar 19, 2009USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The latest issue of the USGS Landsat Project Update is available on the USGS Landsat website. The 2009, Volume 3 Issue 2, includes the following articles: + 25 Years of Landsat 5—A Remarkable Satellite, A Unique Legacy + Landsat Free Archive Update—Stats and Interesting Items + Landsat Science Team Spotlight—Dr. Warren Cohen, U.S. Forest Service + Tips and Tricks—Creating a […]

Mar 18, 2009Landsat Data Featured in NASA’s Unique Movie About Frozen Earth

Contributors: Steve Cole and Sarah DeWitt NASA has created a unique “spherical” movie about Earth’s changing ice and snow cover as captured by NASA spacecraft. “Frozen,” a 12-minute, narrated film, premieres at science centers and museums March 27. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., produced the film for the “Science on a Sphere” […]

Mar 13, 2009Landsat and iGETT at the 2009 ASPRS Meeting

Contributor: Jeannie Allen Landsat’s Education and Public Outreach staff gave two presentations, chaired a panel, and facilitated a meeting for American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) members about the community college professional development program, “iGETT” (Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training). iGETT is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education […]

Tom Loveland
Mar 5, 2009Loveland Reflects on Landsat Program

Mar 5, 2009 • Landsat Data Continuity Mission USGS Project Scientist, Dr. Tom Loveland, sat down with Directions Magazine to reflect on the Landsat Program. In a podcast recording, Loveland and Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Joe Francica, discuss Landsat’s past, the program’s major contributions, the geospatial job market, and the future of the Landsat Program. More Information + Read about […]

Mar 3, 2009Designed for 3 years, ‘workhorse’ satellite completes 25

Contributor: Douglas Spencer and Ron Beck, USGS Outliving its expected 3-year lifespan by more than 22 years, on March 1 Landsat 5 completed a busy quarter-century of collecting information about and observations of the planet Earth’s land mass and seems to still be going strong. The “eye in the sky” has proven to be a […]

Landsat 5 launching on March 1, 1984 from Vandenberg AFB
Mar 1, 2009Earth Observing Landsat 5 Turns 25

Mar 1, 2009 • 132,969 … 132,970 … 132,971. Like a trusty watch counting up the minutes, the Landsat 5 satellite keeps on ticking, orbit after orbit around the Earth. Well beyond its design lifetime of 15,000 orbits, the satellite’s trajectory could go askew or its instruments could malfunction at any moment. But not today. […]