May 30, 2012A Celebration for the Longest Running Earth-observing Satellite Program—Ever

Source: NASA May 30, 2012 • Come get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of Landsat mission control, take part in a NASA press conference and learn to craft your very own Landsat image. NASA will host a daylong event for 25 social media followers on at the Newseum and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The event will take […]

May 30, 2012ESA Video Explores the Mississippi River Delta with Landsat

Source: ESA Online Videos May 30, 2012 • A recent European Space Agency (ESA) online video features a Landsat image from October 3, 2011 showing the Mississippi River Delta, where the largest river in the United States empties into the Gulf of Mexico. In the false-color image, land vegetation appears pink, while the sediment in the […]

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May 24, 2012“My American Landscape” Contest: A Space Chronicle of Change

Source: NASA May 24, 2012 • To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program—which first rocketed into space on July 23, 1972— NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are giving something special to a few members of the American public. We will create customized Landsat chronicles of changing local landscapes for six […]

May 23, 2012Landsat 7 ETM+ Sensor Remarkably Stable

May 23, 2012 • A recent journal publication shows that over the last 12 years the Landsat 7 ETM+ sensor performance “has been remarkably stable.” The paper, written by calibration scientists from NASA, USGS, South Dakota State University, and the University of Arizona, was published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing this May. It […]

May 16, 2012USGS Landsat Update – Volume 6 Issue 2, 2012 now available

May 16, 2012 • The USGS Landsat Update is now available. Articles include: Landsat 7 Maneuvers to Avoid Space Debris Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Ceases Routine Acquisitions Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) Landsat Project Statistics Tips and Tricks – LDCM Sample Data Available EROS Hosts GOFC-GOLD Workshop Upcoming Meetings EROS Authors in Recent Publications Landsat Image of […]

May 14, 2012Landsat 7 Maneuver to Return to WRS

Source: USGS Landsat Project May 14, 2012 • Landsat 7 maneuvered away from a piece of space debris in mid-April, which meant that some data are outside of the Worldwide Reference System. On Tuesday, May 15, the USGS Flight Operations Team will execute a maneuver that over several weeks will gradually bring Landsat 7 back into […]

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May 8, 2012Landsat’s International Partnerships

Source: Ray A. Byrnes, USGS May 8, 2012 • Since the launch of the first Landsat satellite 40 years ago, International Cooperators (ICs) have formed a key strategic alliance with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to not only engage in Landsat data downlink services but also to enable a foundation for scientific and technical collaboration.The map […]

May 8, 2012Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Ceases Routine Acquisitions – Update

Source: USGS Landsat Project May 8, 2012 • After a silent winter, the USGS turned on the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) in late April to determine the state of the electronics problem that suspended operations in November, 2011. Unfortunately, several alternate methods of acquisitions did not alleviate the problem, which severely limits any further acquisitions […]

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May 4, 2012Landsat Global Archive Consolidation

Source: USGS Landsat Project May 4, 2012 • Landsat satellites have acquired data from across the globe for more than four decades. The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center holds the single most geographically and temporally rich collection of Landsat data in […]

May 2, 2012Report Warns of Rapid Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities

Source: Lorin Hancock, National Academy of Sciences May 2, 2012 • A new National Research Council report says that budget shortfalls, cost-estimate growth, launch failures, and changes in mission design and scope have left U.S. Earth observation systems in a more precarious position than they were five years ago. The report cautions that the nation’s Earth […]

May 2, 2012Landsat: A Global Land Imaging Program

Source: Raymond A. Byrnes, USGS May 2, 2012 • Landsat satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, coastal shallows, and coral reefs across four decades. The Landsat Program, a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was established to routinely gather land imagery […]

May 1, 2012Administration Releases 10-Year Global Change Strategic Plan

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program May 1, 2012 • On April 27th, the Obama Administration released a 10-year strategic plan for research related to global change, identifying priorities that will help state and local governments, businesses, and communities prepare for anticipated changes in the global environment, including climate change, in the decades ahead.The Plan—released by […]