Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Apr 27, 2012U.S. National Parks Viewed from Space

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (on Flickr) In recognition of National Park Week ( NASA Goddard brings you unique views of some of our favorite U.S. National Parks, captured by the Landsat satellites. Further Information: + U.S. National Parks Viewed from Space on Flickr

The LDCM thermal instrument engineering team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Apr 27, 2012Engineering the Future By Building on the Landsat Legacy

Apr 27, 2012 • Building a satellite is a major collaboration and involves the hard work of many different types of engineers. The engineering process for Landsat involves defining the satellite requirements, testing the design, building the instruments and satellite, then testing the instruments and satellite, integrating the satellite and instruments together, launching the satellite, […]

Visitors exploring the Landsat Chesapeake Bay mosaic at this year's festival
Apr 26, 2012Landsat Part of Science & Engineering Festival in D.C.

Landsat is taking part in the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. The event is free. Come learn more about the engineering that goes into building a Landsat satellite and the world’s longest continuous record of Earth’s surface. Further Information: + USA Science & Engineering Festival [external link]

Apr 26, 2012Landsat Satellites See Texas Crop Circles

Apr 26, 2012 • A water-rich polka dot pattern takes over the traditional rectangular patchwork of fields in this time series animation of 40 years of Landsat images. In the dry Texas panhandle near the town of Dalhart, this transformation is due to center-pivot irrigation, a farming method that improves water distribution to fields. It […]

Pine Island Glacier
Apr 19, 2012Landsat Shows West Antarctic Ice Shelves Tearing Apart at the Seams

Apr 19, 2012 • A new study examining nearly 40 years of satellite imagery has revealed that the floating ice shelves of a critical portion of West Antarctica are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially amplifying an already accelerating loss of ice to the sea. The most extensive record yet of the […]

Washington Monument
Apr 19, 2012Landsat Part of Earth Day Events on National Mall

Source: NASA NASA is taking part in the celebration of Earth Day’s 42nd anniversary on the National Mall in Washington from April 20 through April 22. The agency’s involvement includes three consecutive days of activities and exhibits open to the public. Additional activities are scheduled at nearby NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The […]

Apr 18, 2012Create NASA Earth Day Video, Win Seats To LDCM Launch

Contributor: Patrick Lynch NASA’s Earth Science News Team From the first television images of Earth from space, to the now iconic Apollo photographs of Earth, to Voyager’s “pale blue dot,” NASA has changed how we think about exploring Earth and even how we see Earth. Looking back from space provides far more than thought-provoking pictures. NASA’s […]

landsat 7
Apr 18, 2012Landsat 7 Maneuvers to Avoid Space Debris

Source: USGS Landsat website More than half a million pieces of space junk are in orbit floating in and around operational missions. In coordination with NASA, the USGS keeps constant vigil to avoid space debris that might collide with the Landsat 5 and 7 satellites. On April 17, 2012, Landsat 7 maneuvered out of the path […]

Apr 17, 2012Looking to Landsat for Idaho Water Management

Source: Times-News Magic Valley Since 2000, Dr. Rick Allen has been using Landsat to manage water in Idaho. By using Landsat to measure evapotranspiration, water consumption can be accurately estimated. Allen says that Landsat images are “necessary because you can’t manage water rights without being able to measure the water.” The Times-News Magic Valleynewspaper recently talked to […]

Apr 15, 2012Landsat 7 Turns 13

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 is the considered the most accurately calibrated Earth-observing satellite, i.e., its measurements are extremely accurate when compared to the same measurements made on the ground. Landsat 7’s excellent data quality, consistent global archiving scheme, and free data are hallmarks of its impressive […]

Landsat MSS data
Apr 12, 2012Landsat 5 Captures MSS Data

Source: USGS Landsat website Landsat 5 recently captured and downlinked Multispectral Scanner (MSS) images for the first time in over a decade. An MSS sensor first flew on Landsat 1 in 1972 and was aboard each of the Landsats 1-5. The MSS was powered down on Landsat 5 in the late 1990s, but the USGS recently […]

Rocky Mountain National Park
Apr 11, 2012Forest Science Requires Long-Term Monitoring and Research

Apr 11, 2012 • Part of the challenge for understanding how forests are affected by climate change is the need for long-term data. Satellites are a cost-effective way to gather wide-spread information on forests, and the Landsat program has been doing so across the globe since 1972. Landsat records provide the world’s longest continuous collection […]

Map of northern Mason Valley, NV
Apr 10, 2012Landsat can be an Impartial Arbitrator in Water Conflict Issues

Apr 10, 2012 • Speaking at an important state-wide water summit in March, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval lauded DRI’s METRIC program calling its Landsat satellite technology an important tool in monitoring water usage. In his keynote address at the Nevada Water Resource Association (NWRA) annual conference in Las Vegas , Sandoval said the Desert Research […]

Projected flooding in Williston, ND after catastrophic dam failure.
Apr 2, 2012Landsat Key Element in Flood Study

Apr 2, 2012 • Floods are considered the number one natural hazard, causing more deaths and damage year after year. The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided funding to a college in North Dakota for GIS and remote sensing technology and training (iGETT). That college, in turn, created a study to assess risks to local communities […]

The fragile semi-arid Souss region of Agadir, Morocco
Apr 1, 2012Managing a Fragile Environment in Morocco

Apr 1, 2012 • The Souss region of Agadir, Morocco is a fragile semi-arid area that is important to Morocco’s fruit and vegetable agriculture industry. To better manage this vulnerable region a French-Moroccan collaboration is using a high-speed network for Mediterranean researchers (EUMEDCONNECT3) that allows the fast transfer of large amounts of satellite data, including […]

Apr 1, 2012USGS Offers Sample LDCM Data

Source: USGS Landsat Apr. 1, 2013 • By the end of May 2013, data from the Landsat 8 satellite will be available to all users. Each day, 400 scenes acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) will be archived at the USGS EROS Center, and will be processed to be consistent with current standard […]