USGS: 'Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5'
Dec 21, 2012USGS: ‘Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5’

The U.S. Geological Survey announced that 29-year-old Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months.

Dec 21, 2012Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5

Source: Jon Campbell and Tim Newman, U.S. Geological Survey Dec. 21, 2012 • Today the U.S. Geological Survey announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history. By any measure, the Landsat 5 mission has been an extraordinary success, providing unprecedented contributions to […]

Dec 21, 2012USGS Landsat Project Update – Volume 6 Issue 5 2012 Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Dec. 21, 2012 • The latest Landsat Project Update is now available from USGS: Landsat Mission News Landsat 5 Decommission Plans LDCM arrives at Vandenberg AFB New Landsat Science Team Announced Landsat 7 Status Landsat Product Information Landsat 5 Multispectral Scanner Acquisitions Historical Metadata to be Removed New GLS Visualization Interface Released Landsat […]

Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site
Dec 20, 2012Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site

An oversized semi-trailer truck carrying NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for launch.

Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site
Dec 20, 2012Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site

Contributor: Ellen Gray NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Dec. 20, 2012 • An oversized semi-trailer truck carrying NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for launch. This NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission will continue a 40-year record of measuring change […]

Dec 20, 2012NASA Social for LDCM Launch

Dec. 20, 2012 • NASA will host a two-day event for 80 of its social media followers on Sunday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 11 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., for the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. Registration is open from Dec. 20–Jan. 7. + Details & registration information

Dec 19, 2012New LDCM Launch Brochure

Dec. 19, 2012 • A new Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launch brochure is now available. The brochure discusses: Landsat science, the future of Landsat satellites, evolutionary advances of LDCM technology and performance, OLI’s advanced sensor technology, TIR’s thermal band detection & taking Earth’s temperature, spacecraft design, strength in partnership, the LDCM ground system, the invaluable […]

Dec 13, 2012First Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

Dec. 13, 2012 • The reconstituted Landsat Science Team, comprised of 21 Principal Investigators from academia, federal government agencies, and international institutions, convened its first meeting December 12–13 at the Department of Interior building in Washington, DC. Much of the meeting was spent introducing the research interests of each investigator and providing updates on the status […]

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Dec 13, 2012Orbital Holds Press Briefing on LDCM Before Shipping to VAFB

Dec. 13, 2012 • Orbital Sciences Corp., the LDCM spacecraft provider, held a press briefing on Dec. 13 following the successful completion of the LDCM satellite integration and just prior to the satellite’s shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where it is scheduled for launch on Feb. 11, 2013. The press conference provided technical and scientific […]

Dec 12, 2012The Secret Life of Forests

Dec 12, 2012 • A new method of mapping satellite data reveals the hidden stories of forests in the Pacific Northwest. Forests in the United States are constantly changing. For four decades NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellites have kept a steady watch from space, and now scientists are turning yearly data sets […]

LDCM's Atlas V Rocket Fueling Exercise
Dec 11, 2012LDCM’s Atlas V Rocket Fueling Exercise

On Dec. 4, 2012, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a fueling exercise for the Landsat Data Continuity Missions’s (LDCM) Atlas V 401 rocket rook place.

Dec 11, 2012LDCM Atlas V Completes Launch Vehicle Readiness Review

Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center Dec. 11, 2012 • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center reported that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Vehicle Readiness Review for the Atlas V rocket was successfully completed on Dec. 11, 2012. The LDCM launch is targeted for Feb. 11 at 1:04 p.m. EST.

Dec 5, 20122012 Pecora Awards Presented for Achievements in Earth Remote Sensing

Source: Jon Campbell, U.S. Geological Survey Dec. 5, 2012 • The U.S. Geological Survey (a bureau of the Department of the Interior) and NASA presented the 2012 William T. Pecora awards for achievement in earth remote sensing to Gilberto Camara of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research and Leung Tsang of the University of Washington in Seattle. […]

Dec 4, 2012LDCM’s Atlas V Rocket Fueling Exercise

Dec. 4, 2012 • Today at Vandenberg Airforce Base, a fueling exercise for the Landsat Data Continuity Missions’s (LDCM/Landsat 8) Atlas V 401 rocket rook place. Spaceflight Now provides details: http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av035/wdr.html

Dec 4, 2012Climate Models Project Increase in U.S. Wildfire Risk

Dec 4, 2012 • Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future […]

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Dec 3, 2012Landsat at AGU 2012 Fall Meeting

Dec. 3, 2012 • This week at the annual AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, Landsat will be featured in nearly 200 scientific presentations. Additionally, both the NASA (#225) and USGS (#417, #419) booths at the Exhibitor’s Hall will feature information about the Landsat program and the upcoming Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM/Landsat 8) launch. […]