The NASA Agency Management Council confirmed that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission is ready to proceed to the final design and fabrication phase of mission development following a Dec. 16, 2009 review at NASA HQ. The confirmed LDCM payload now includes a a thermal sensor, the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS), in addition to the Operational Land Imager (OLI) with development managed towards a target Dec. 2012 launch date.
STELLA: A DIY Handheld Scientific Instrument
If you are looking for a do-it-yourself (DIY) handheld spectrometer, you need to meet STELLA. STELLA (Science and Technology Education for Land/Life Assessment) is a portable scientific instrument developed by