February 2012

Feb 23, 2012USGS Releases Fact Sheet About the National Land Cover Database

Source: C.H. Homer, J.A. Fry, and C.A. Barnes The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for [...]

Feb 23, 2012Landsat 5 Testing

The Landsat 5 Mission Operations Center will be conducting tests to document the performance of the TM transmitter (the primary X-band TWTA that was recently switched back on after being shutdown since 1987). This test could last up to 24 days [...]

Feb 23, 2012TIRS Overview

< ![CDATA[An introduction to the Thermal InfraRed Sensor on LDCM]]>

Feb 23, 2012TIRS Passes 1st Thermal Testing

< ![CDATA[Video showing the engineers bringing TIRS out of its first round of thermal-vacuum testing.]]>

Feb 23, 2012TIRS Gets Packed to Ship

< ![CDATA[Timelapse of 92 hours as the team cleans, bags, and packs TIRS to join the rest of the spacecraft.]]>

Feb 23, 2012OLI Gets Pre-Ship Review

< ![CDATA[OLI, the Operational Land Imager, gets checked over before being shipped to Orbital Sciences Corp. in Arizona.]]>

Feb 23, 2012Landsat 7 Spacecraft Animations

< ![CDATA[Animations of Landsat 7 in orbit around the Earth.]]>

Feb 23, 2012Landsat 5 Turns 25 Years Old

< ![CDATA[In 2009, Landsat 5 completed 25 years of collecting data – 22 years beyond its design life.]]>

Feb 23, 2012Landsat Program Timeline

< ![CDATA[A program spanning 40 years and 8 satellites, compressed to one graphic. Plus, links to get more information about all Landsat satellites.]]>

Feb 23, 2012Mississippi River Flooding, 2011

< ![CDATA[Severe flooding along the Mississippi River in Spring 2011.]]>

Feb 23, 2012Smith Island, MD, 1983-2011

< ![CDATA[Changes to Smith Island, MD and Tangier Island, VA, (Chesapeake Bay).]]>

Feb 23, 2012LDCM Spacecraft Animations

< ![CDATA[A collection of animations and still images of LDCM.]]>

Feb 16, 2012Landsat 5 Suspension of Operations Extended

Source: Jon Campbell, U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 5 Earth imaging operations have been suspended for an additional 90 days while the U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations Team (FOT) continues to investigate options for the resumption of [...]

Feb 16, 2012Landsat in the FY2013 USGS Budget Request

Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Marcia McNutt, recently spoke at a briefing on the FY2013 budget request for USGS, which includes $53.3 million for Landsat 5 and 7 operations and LDCM (i.e., Landsat 8) ground system [...]

Feb 15, 2012ASPRS Issues Resolution on U.S. Land Imaging

Source: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing By a unanimous vote of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Board of Directors, the Society has issued a third resolution calling for immediate support [...]

TIRS instrument
Feb 14, 2012NASA Landsat’s Thermal Infrared Sensor Arrives at Orbital

Source: Rani Gran, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. A new NASA satellite instrument that makes a quantum leap forward in detector technology has arrived at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Gilbert, Ariz. There it will be integrated [...]

Old growth Oregon coastal forest
Feb 8, 2012EarthSky Interview with Alan Belward: Tracking Changes to Earth’s Forests from Space

Satellite researcher Alan Belward works for the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, part of the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. Dr. Belward heads the Land Resource Management Unit, which looks at changes to [...]

Feb 7, 2012It’s a Wrap: LDCM’s Thermal Instrument Ships

Yesterday the Landsat Data Continuity Mission's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) passed its pre-ship review.After being packed in a special container, TIRS was loaded onto a truck for shipment to the spacecraft contractor, Orbital Sciences, Corp., [...]

Feb 3, 2012USDA Updates CropScape

Source: Audra Zakzeski and Alex Minchenkov, USDA NASS The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released updates to its online geospatial exploring tool, CropScape. The 2011 Cropland Data [...]

Feb 2, 2012National Academies Studying an Operational Land Imaging Program

The U.S. Geological Survey has commissioned the National Academies Space Studies Board to explore the needs and opportunities of developing a space-based operational land imaging capability. In particular, the committee will examine the elements [...]

Landsat 8
Feb 2, 2012A New Way To Map Drought and Water Use Worldwide

Every month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Climate Prediction has a drought briefing by teleconference to identify the latest drought areas in North America. ARS scientists Martha Anderson and Bill [...]

Feb 2, 2012How Plants React to Warming Temperatures

Using long-term Landsat time series data researchers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center have found that warming temperatures alter the geographic distribution and health of arctic plants. Using Landsat 5 data of Northern Quebec from 1986–2010, [...]

Feb 2, 2012The Future of Landsat

Last week Space News reported that the U.S. Government is searching for ways to lower the price tag associated with designing, building, and launching successor Landsat satellites. This comes after President Obama’s $48M budget request to begin [...]

Feb 1, 2012The View From Space

Dr. Tom Loveland gave a public lecture on Landsat at USGS Headquarters titled, “The View from Space: Landsat's Role in Tracking Forty Years of Global Changes.” on Feb. 1. If you missed the talk you can catch it on YouTube or on the USGS [...]

girl eating corn
Feb 1, 2012It Takes a Satellite To Feed the World

Source: Charles L. Walthall, USDA Agricultural Research Service Forum It's ironic that just when Earth-monitoring satellites are needed more than ever to address the food and freshwater demands of a burgeoning global human population, we face an [...]