Oct 26, 2011Landsat Adds to World Memory

Source: Jan Nelson and Jon Campbell, USGS A United Nations group established to preserve humanity’s documentary history has selected a portion of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat archive of Earth imagery to be added to the Memory of the World International Register. “During a span of almost 40 years, the Landsat series of Earth observation […]

Operational Land Imager
Oct 18, 2011LDCM’s Operational Land Imager is Integrated onto Spacecraft

Engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, AZ mechanically integrated the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onto the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft. The integration took 3 days. This top photo shows OLI wrapped in electrostatic discharge blankets that also provide a barrier to particulate contamination. The lifting frame in the photo was removed after integration. […]

Oct 18, 2011Remembering Andy Dantzler

Source: Washington Post Andy Dantzler, 49, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Andy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics. After graduation he took a position as a optical engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where he […]

Left: a report page from the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean in 1922, accepted into the Memory of the World Register in 2011. Right: a page of the Gutenberg Bible, accepted into the register in 2001.
Oct 13, 2011Landsat MSS Data Now Part of the Memory of the World Register

Oct 13, 2011 • What do the Landsat MSS data archive, the Gutenberg Bible, Tolstoy’s personal library, and the Book of Kells—an eighth century illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks—have in common? They are all among the 245 international documentary collections that make up the Memory of the World Register. The register is an UNESCO […]

Oct 12, 2011Landsat: A Most Important Asset

The fifth Forum on Earth Observations met in mid-June in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for comprehensive earth observation or “environmental intelligence,” as they called it. Last year ocean observations were considered too sparse to accurately monitor the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the extreme weather events of […]

Oct 11, 2011Remembering Paul Lowman

Dr. Paul D. Lowman, Jr., an early Landsat affiliate, passed away on Sept. 29, 2011 at age 80. Born in 1931, Dr. Lowman worked with the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps and the U.S. Geological survey before being hired by NASA in 1959. As the first geologist hired by NASA Dr. Lowman worked on pre-Apollo lunar […]

Drought map for 2007
Oct 10, 2011EarthSky Interview with Martha Anderson: Using Landsat to Monitor Water Use from Space

Oct 10, 2011 • Martha Anderson, a research scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, uses images from the Landsat satellite program to monitor water use and drought on U.S. farms with pinpoint accuracy, even at the scale of individual fields. As water availability becomes an increasingly critical issue worldwide, she said, it’s important to […]

Oct 1, 2011Landsat Imagery: A Unique Resource

Source: USGS Because Landsat imagery covers the entire globe, goes back 35 years, and is now available at no charge, it is of particular value to the global community. However, until recently, no one knew specifically who used it and how. In the first study of its kind, FORT social scientists identified and queried a cross-section […]