Dec 19, 2009Landsat at COP15

During COP15, the United Nations’ International Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen from Dec. 7–18, 2009, Landsat satellite data were acknowledged as an important tool in monitoring carbon. The philanthropic arm of Google,, demonstrated a beta version of its new software—based on the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System (CLASlite) and Imazon’s SAD software—that can use Landsat and […]

Dec 18, 2009Landsat at 2009 AGU Fall Meeting

At the annual fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, CA, Landsat was featured in 20 different scientific talks and posters featuring topics as diverse as the carbon cycle, glaciers, phenology, and hydrology. Among those papers, were a number first-authored by Landsat project members: Rachel Headley, USGS (Enabling New Research with Free Landsat Data), Sam Goward, […]

Dec 18, 2009Landsat 5 Anomaly

Source: USGS On Friday, December 18, 2009, the transmitter on Landsat 5 experienced technical difficulties. There has been no Landsat 5 data acquired since that time. The U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations team has extensive experience with this transmitter and is currently addressing the situation. Any news or updates will be posted on the USGS Landsat website.

Dec 16, 2009LDCM Proceeds to Final Design and Fabrication Phase

The NASA Agency Management Council confirmed that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission is ready to proceed to the final design and fabrication phase of mission development following a Dec. 16, 2009 review at NASA HQ. The confirmed LDCM payload now includes a a thermal sensor, the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS), in addition to the Operational […]

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Dec 15, 2009Ecosystem, Vegetation Affect Intensity of Urban Heat Island Effect

Dec 15, 2009 • NASA researchers studying urban landscapes have found that the intensity of the “heat island” created by a city depends on the ecosystem it replaced and on the regional climate. Urban areas developed in arid and semi-arid regions show far less heating compared with the surrounding countryside than cities built amid forested […]

Dec 12, 2009USGS Technical Announcement: A New Album of Global Earth Imagery

Source: Ron Beck, USGS A new collection of selected Landsat earth images worldwide, Global Land Survey 2005 (GLS2005), is now available for free download to any user around the globe. Under a long-term partnership, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) periodically select and process thousands of the best-available Landsat […]

Dec 8, 2009LDCM Spacecraft Passes Critical Design Review

Source: General Dynamics General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft which is scheduled for launch in December 2012. General Dynamics is responsible for the design and fabrication of the spacecraft bus, integration of the government-furnished instruments, satellite-level […]

Dec 3, 2009Landsat Calibration Meeting Held

Source: Brian Markham The Landsat Calibration Working Group held their semi-annual meeting in Tahoe City, Nevada on December 2-3, 2009. USGS/EROS Image Assessment System (IAS), NASA/GSFC Landsat Project Science Office, South Dakota State University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), University of Arizona, and NASA/JPL calibration personnel attended the meeting. Significant progress in a number of […]