May 26, 2010NASA Completes Critical Design Review of LDCM Thermal Instrument

Source: Sarah DeWitt,¬†Goddard Release No. 10-050 NASA engineers have begun building hardware for a new Landsat satellite instrument that helps monitor water consumption–an important capability in the U.S. West where precipitation is sparse and water rights are allocated–now that they have passed an independent review of the instrument’s design and integration and testing methods. “Having […]

Mt. St. Helens
May 18, 2010Mount St. Helens: Thirty Years Later

Thirty years ago, Mount St. Helens roared back into major activity with a massive eruption that leveled surrounding forest, blasted away over a thousand feet of the mountain’s summit, and claimed 57 human lives. This short video shows the catastrophic eruption – and amazing recovery – through the eyes of the Landsat satellites, which have […]

Blacklegged tick
May 12, 2010Tick Hunting with Landsat, ASTER, and QuickBird

Contributor: Janet Anderson, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Using state-of-the-art NASA satellite information, about a dozen students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., are busy checking state forests for ticks that may carry Lyme disease. The students, participating in a NASA program called DEVELOP, have spent […]

May 7, 2010New Landsat 5 Scheduler

A new Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) acquisition scheduler was released on May 6, 2010. Similar to that employed by Landsat 7 operations, the new scheduler incorporates daily global cloud forecasts along with seasonal cloud climatology to increase the relative likelihood of acquiring usable imagery. This system has the goal of extending the Landsat 5 […]