October 2011

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]