Aug 20, 2009Free Landsat Scenes Go Public by the Million

Source: USGS On August 17, someone who wanted to see how the Earth looks from 440 miles away in space downloaded the one-millionth Landsat satellite image scene from a U.S. Geological Survey web site at its Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Since the USGS opened its full Landsat archive […]

NASA researcher Lola Fatoyinbo with one of her research assistants
Aug 20, 2009Landsat Helps NASA Researcher Map Endangered African Mangroves

by: Gretchen Cook-Anderson, NASA Earth Science News Team Aug 20, 2009 • Impoverished fishermen along the coast of tropical African countries like Mozambique and Madagascar may have only a few more years to eke out a profit from one of their nations’ biggest agricultural exports. Within a few decades, they may no longer have a […]

Aug 17, 2009Landsat 5 TM Resumes Nominal Operations

Source: USGS Evaluation of the Landsat 5 data following the recent spacecraft anomaly is complete. All data collected at the Landsat Ground Station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Saturday, August 15, 2009 through today (Monday, August 17, 2009) are currently available for order or immediate download ( or Engineers deemed the data from Friday, […]

Aug 14, 2009Landsat 5 TM Turned On; Under Evaluation

Source: USGS Landsat 5 operations continued successfully last night. The Thematic Mapper instrument payload was turned on today, and imagery was successfully downlinked at the Landsat Ground Station (LGS) in Sioux Falls, SD. You will be able to monitor the passes on EarthNow ( Engineering staff are currently evaluating the data collected to determine if the […]

Aug 13, 2009Landsat 5 Satellite is Now Stabilized and the Cause is Being Investigated

Source: USGS Landsat 5 tumbled out of control and power was at a critical level in the early morning of August 13. The cause for this anomaly is currently unknown and being investigated. The spacecraft has been stabilized after the USGS Landsat Flight Operations Team initiated recovery operations. Power is still at a critical level, and […]

Aug 13, 2009Landsat 5 Anomaly—Aug. 13, 2009

Landsat 5 experienced an anomaly in the early morning hours of August 13, 2009. The Flight Operations Team (FOT) is assessing the problem and testing spacecraft systems. No imaging will occur until further notice. At 0523Z, the Landsat 5 spacecraft experienced an attitude anomaly characterized by extreme gyro rates. The spacecraft proceeded to tumble out […]

Aug 10, 2009Landsat Key Aspect of Program Recognized as Important Government Innovation

Harvard’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced sixteen finalists for their 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards on May 18, 2009. The sixteen finalists—whittled from a pool of more than 600 applicants—have provided innovations to city, county, state, or federal government. The state of Idaho was recognized as one of the finalists for […]