May 30, 2013Landsat 8 Satellite Begins Watch

NASA transferred operational control Thursday of the Landsat 8 satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D.

May 30, 2013LDCM Launch

February 2013 launch of the 8th Landsat satellite

May 30, 2013The Long Swath

From Russia to South Africa, Landsat observes land cover and land use change.

May 30, 2013Irrigating Saudi Arabia

Mining water for food in the dessert

May 30, 2013The Changing Chesapeake Bay

Landsat monitors water quality in the Chesapeake Bay

May 30, 2013Wildfire and Pine Beetles

Investigating the link between insects and forest fires.

May 22, 2013NASA’s Landsat Satellite Looks for a Cloud-Free View

A new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure scientists get a cloud-free view of Earth from space.

May 20, 2013Images, Videos and Animations

Featured Landsat Videos + G2009-120_Landsat_Flyby_MASTER_ipod_lg – A short overview of how Landsat benefits people. + Landsat 8 Launch – Landsat 8 blasts off on an Atlas V rocket. + Landsat 8 Everglades Onion Skin – See how Landsat images are made using layers of data. + Landsat 7 San Francisco Onionskin – Explore the making […]

eBook and Fact Sheets
May 20, 2013eBook and Fact Sheets

+ Download Landsat eBook [46.8MB PDF] The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), renamed Landsat 8 after launch, builds on a rich legacy of service to society. Since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972, Landsat satellites have become an integral part of many operational land management activities. Landsat satellites provide decision makers with key information […]

May 20, 2013Careers Using Landsat

Do you like exploring and viewing Earth from space? Do you like using satellite images, maps and other geospatial data? Do you like thinking in terms of systems and relationships? If so, you may want to investigate some of the ideas below to find out how you can build or enhance a career using Landsat […]

Educational Activities
May 20, 2013Educational Activities

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. Landsat related educational materials from Wavelength   Featured Landsat Activities Description Keywords Grades K-12 Landsat Math These math activity worksheets – organized by math skills involved – […]

May 20, 2013Educational Resources

Landsat has a long history of exploring Earth from Space. Use these resources to learn more about How Landsat Works, How Landsat Benefits Society, and How Landsat’s History continues into the future. Don’t miss the Educational Activities that are available for both formal and informal education settings. This is a great resource for school groups, […]

May 20, 2013Evaluation

Thank you for choosing to host the NASA Landsat traveling exhibit! The documentation included below is designed to help ensure that your hosting experience is enjoyable and educational for both you and your institution’s visitors. As part of the agreement between NASA and your institution, it’s expected that some data and information will be collected […]

Setting Up
May 20, 2013Setting Up

Setting up is easy. Once Landsat: Seeing in a Different Light arrives, follow these steps to set up:   Unscrew the four bolts using a 12mm wrench and remove the door, setting the door aside and out of the way. Gently remove the main console from the box (you will need two people to do […]

May 20, 2013Application

Hosting an exhibit can be a great way to bring current satellite science to your institution. See how Landsat has been observing our changing planet and how it is equipped with special technologies that reveal more than meets the eye. Follow the steps below to apply: Download and print the application. Fill out the application, […]

Host Site Resources
May 20, 2013Host Site Resources

Congratulations on being selected to host Landsat: Seeing in a Different Light! Soon you’ll be exploring Earth through Landsat satellite images with visitors from your institution. Here you can find information on setting up the exhibit, evaluating the exhibit, and contact information for Landsat’s Education and Public Outreach team. Application Setting Up Evaluation See it […]

Traveling Exhibit
May 20, 2013Traveling Exhibit

Landsat: Seeing in a Different Light Landsat: Seeing in a Different Light engages its audience through asking them to select different locations around the world, and then gives the user a scenario where Landsat data is used to solve problems. Exhibit images illustrate that Landsat sees like the audience, while showing that Landsat sees more […]

How Landsat Works
May 20, 2013How Landsat Works

Landsat is more than just a camera with a great zoom lens orbiting Earth.  Landsat measures light reflected by Earth from the sun.  The light that Landsat measures reveals a lot about the earth’s surface, since different surfaces reflect various types of light. In the Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum you can learn about the […]

May 17, 2013Surface Reflectance is Now Available

Surface reflectance is now available as a Landsat climate data record (CDR) product through EarthExplorer

May 17, 2013Thermal Infrared Sensor

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) measures land surface temperature in two thermal bands with a new technology that applies quantum physics to detect heat. TIRS was added to Landsat 8 when it became clear that state water resource managers rely on the highly accurate measurements of Earth’s thermal energy obtained by Landsat 5 and Landsat […]

May 17, 2013Operational Land Imager

The Operational Land Imager (OLI), built by the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, measures in the visible, near infrared, and short wave infrared portions of the spectrum. Its images have 15-meter (49 ft.) panchromatic and 30-meter multi-spectral spatial resolutions along a 185 km (115 miles) wide swath, covering wide areas of the Earth’s landscape while […]

Landsat 8
May 17, 2013Landsat 8

The Details Launch Date: February 11, 2013 Status: operational Sensors: OLI, TIRS Altitude: 705 km Inclination: 98.2° Orbit: polar, sun-synchronous Equatorial Crossing Time: nominally 10 AM (± 15 min.) local time (descending node) Period of Revolution : 99 minutes; ~14.5 orbits/day Repeat Coverage : 16 days + read about the history of Landsat 8 More Technical Details Landsat 1 Landsat 2 Landsat 3 Landsat 4 […]

May 15, 2013New Animation Marks Arrival of NASA’s LDCM Satellite to its Final Orbit

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to watch the world fly by beneath you from space? That dream is elusive for most of us, but the Landsat Data Continuity Mission offers a vicarious flight with a crisper view than our eyes alone would be capable of if we were in space. That view is now available in a new NASA animation.

May 15, 2013New Animation Marks Arrival of NASA’s LDCM Satellite to its Final Orbit

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission offers a look at Earth from space with a crisper view than our eyes alone would be capable of.

May 9, 2013Mapping the Severity of California’s Springs Fire from Space

Within a week, hundreds of firefighters had contained the fire, limiting damage to just 16 buildings. That may seem like the end of the story, but for Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams, the work just begins when the flames die down.

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May 9, 2013New Public Application of Landsat Images Released

Google has compiled more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space into an interactive time-lapse experience.

May 9, 2013Landsat Images Provide the Gold Standard for New Earth Applications

May 9, 2013 • Images from Landsat satellites provided free to the public by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey were the starting points for “a new breakthrough” reported today by Time and announced on the Official Google Blog. Using its Earth Engine technology, Google has compiled decades of Landsat images into a new, interactive time-lapse […]

LDCM launch
May 8, 2013Commissioning the Landsat Data Continuity Mission

May 8, 2013 • On the beautifully clear Monday morning of Feb. 11, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission made its way from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to low Earth orbit. The more than 1,000 Landsat scientists, engineers, data users, and fans gathered to watch the launch breathed a collective sigh of relief as […]

May 6, 2013Landsat Thermal Sensor Lights Up from Volcano’s Heat

As LDCM flew over Indonesia’s Flores Sea April 29, it captured an image of Paluweh volcano spewing ash into the air.

May 2, 2013LDCM Status Update for May 2, 2013

Source: NASA May 2, 2013 • All spacecraft and instrument systems continue to perform normally. LDCM continues to collect more than 400 scenes per day and the U.S. Geological Survey Data Processing and Archive System continues to test its ability to process the data flow while waiting for the validation and delivery of on-orbit calibration, which converts […]

LDCM image of Crater Lake region
May 1, 2013Landsat Data Continuity Mission on WRS-2: Sample Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • Since launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has been gradually making its way to operational orbit (called WRS-2) at 705 km (438 miles) above the surface of Earth. Check out this beautifulsample product of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon from April 23, 2013. The sample includes all bands.

May 1, 2013Landsat 5 MSS 2012-2013 Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • The workhorse of the Landsat 5 mission was the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument. In November of 2011, the TM failed, and the MultiSpectral Scanner (MSS) instrument was brought back online a few months later. The MSS had not acquired data for over a decade, due to the loss of Band […]