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Jun 19, 2013Landsat Math

The following problems apply the math skills listed in order to explore and understand various proceses that relate to the Landsat mission. The topics range from how remote sensors collect and interpret photons to how Landsat is currently used to monitor the effects of climate change on the Earth. Some problems discuss satellites other than […]

Operational Land Imager (OLI)
Jun 19, 2013Operational Land Imager (OLI)

OLI Requirements > 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 […]

Spacecraft Design
Jun 19, 2013Spacecraft Design

< Spacecraft   The spacecraft will supplies power, orbit and attitude control, communications, and data storage for OLI and TIRS. The spacecraft consists of the mechanical subsystem (primary structure and deployable mechanisms), command and data handling subsystem, attitude control subsystem, electrical power subsystem, radio frequency (RF) communications subsystem, the hydrazine propulsion subsystem and thermal control […]

Landsat 8 spacecraft
Jun 14, 2013Spacecraft

Spacecraft Design > Landsat 8 consist of two major segments: the observatory and the ground system. The observatory consists of the spacecraft bus and its payload of two Earth observing sensors, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). OLI and TIRS collect Landsat 8 science data. The two sensors coincidently collect […]

Jun 11, 2013Landsat Satellite Looks Back at El Paso, Forward to a New Mission

Landsat 8 is operational and producing more than 400 images per day, adding to the deep archive collected since 1972.

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, […]