Mar 24, 2011MSS orders held until April 1st

Source: USGS Landsat Mission Starting on Friday, March 25th, MSS orders will be held so that radiometric enhancements can be implemented. MSS processing will recommence on April 1st, and notices will be sent, as typical, when scenes are completed. For more information on these enhancements, please see the L1–5 MSS Calibration page. Further Information: + “MSS orders held […]

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Mar 24, 2011Within Reach: Easily Turning Landsat Data into Information

Source: South Dakota State University via Newswise Far-sighted data policy and cloud computing are leading to the “democratization of satellite mapping,” one expert says—and the payoff will be wider access to information about the earth via platforms such as the new Google Earth Engine, a planetary-scale platform for environmental data and analysis. That is the […]

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Mar 22, 2011EarthSky Interview with Robert Bindschadler: First ever image mosaic of entire Antarctica detail

Mar 22, 2011 • Scientists have created a mosaic of digital images collected from space showing the frozen continent of Antarctica—one of the most remote and least known places on Earth—in amazing detail for the first time ever. The mosaic is called LIMA, for Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica. Podcasts: • 90 second podcast interview (1.7 Mb) […]

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Mar 22, 2011Thirst for Knowledge: NASA Eyes World’s Water

Mar 22, 2011 • As the world moves toward adding a few more billion people in the coming decades, many people who keep an eye on the horizon find themselves worried about water. Drinking water, water for irrigation, water for industry. Getting clean water is already a major problem for many of the world’s rural […]

Mar 22, 2011Las Vegas 1972-2010

The city explodes across the desert!

Mar 22, 2011Las Vegas 1972-2010

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Mar 22, 2011Las Vegas 1972-2010

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Mar 21, 2011Secretary Salazar Charts Future for Landsat Satellite Program

Source: Kendra Barkoff (Dept. of the Interior;, Roz Brown (Ball Aerospace) Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to make the Department of the Interior the permanent manager of the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites. “Bringing the Landsat satellite mission under USGS is not only the best scientific and fiscal plan for the […]

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Mar 19, 2011Landsat at the George Wright Society Conference

The biennial George Wright Society Conference (GWS2011) was held in New Orleans from March 14–18. Over 1100 people attended the meeting that focused on “Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World.” Dr. Jim Irons, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Project Scientist, presented on the LDCM mission status as part of a panel discussion at […]

Mar 16, 2011Landsat 5 Acquiring Data Normally

Source: USGS Landsat Mission As of March 16, 2011, Landsat 5 is acquiring data normally. Further Information: + USGS Landsat Mission Website

Mar 15, 2011NASA Working Hard for a 2012 LDCM Launch

A recent Space News article elaborates on NASA’s motivation to launch the next Landsat satellite—the Landsat Data Continuity Mission—by December 2012. LDCM will be launched on an Atlas 5 rocket, but if the launch date slips into 2013 the Atlas 5 schedule will become very busy with intelligence satellite launches, making LDCM not likely to launch until […]

Mar 15, 2011Short-term Suspension of Landsat 5 Acquisitions

Source: USGS Landsat Mission On March 14, 2011, Landsat 5 experienced a minor anomaly. The spacecraft is currently operating normally, but it will take a few days to return the instrument to a nominal temperature. Data is expected to be available at the end of the week. + USGS Landsat Mission Website

Mar 13, 2011Pending MSS and L4 TM Calibration Release

Source: USGS Landsat Mission In the upcoming weeks, the Landsat Project will incorporate new radiometric enhancements for all Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) and Landsat 4 Thematic Mapper (TM) thermal data. A notice will be posted when the new calibrations are released in early April. At that time, all processed MSS and Landsat 4 TM data will be […]

Mar 9, 2011USGS Debuts a Full-Resolution “LandsatLook” JPEG Product

LandsatLook images are full-resolution JPEG files that are now included as options when downloading Landsat data from EarthExplorer or Glovis. Three products are available, and are useful for image selection and visual interpretation. The available full-resolution products include a “pseudo-natural color” composite image that uses Landsat bands 5, 4, and 3 (2,4,1 for MSS data); a thermal image […]

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Mar 3, 2011Landsat Science Team Meeting Held in Phoenix

A semi-annual meeting of the Landsat Science Team was held in Phoenix, Arizona from March 1–3. The meeting focused on the LDCM mission status and included a briefing by the LDCM spacecraft designer—Orbital Sciences—located in nearby Gilbert, Arizona. Landsat 9 planning and Landsat Science Team research were among the other topics of discussion. A detailed […]

Mar 1, 2011Landsat 5 Turns 27

On this day in 1984, Landsat 5 was launched into orbit. To this day Landsat 5 is still collecting data; the 27 year life span of Landsat 5 is unprecedented. + More about Landsat 5