November 2017

Looking at Earth From Space, Landsat Style
Nov 6, 2017Looking at Earth From Space, Landsat Style

A presentation focused on Landsat's history.

Lake Havasu 1911 map
Oct 22, 2015Creating an Oasis in the Desert: Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1911

Humans have modified the landscape of Planet Earth in many ways. This modification is nothing new—it began as the earliest humans began burning of local grasslands to encourage new growth, tilling the soil for the first agricultural [...]

“Balloon View–Nantucket to Boston” map 1885
Aug 27, 2015Cape Cod, 1885

The sandy peninsula of Cape Cod, Massachusetts juts into the Atlantic Ocean with its characteristic crook and twirl in both images: "Balloon View–Nantucket to Boston" made in 1885, and a Landsat 8 satellite image made 129 years later in 2014. [...]

New York City Landsat 8 - 2013
May 27, 2015New York City, 1860

New York City in 1860 was thriving for some of the same reasons the city thrives today. The city’s location was then, and is now, central for the movement of people and freight to and from Europe and elsewhere. Waterways were the primary [...]

Landsat 8 image of Great Salt Lake 2013
Mar 12, 2014Great Salt Lake, 1859

With imagination one can explore and understand how very different life was for people in the United States before the Golden Spike was hammered into the ground in Utah in 1869. That was a much-hailed event that knitted the country together by [...]

Spanish Armada feature image
Feb 5, 2014Winds of Change: Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588.

The series of battles that unfolds with these seven maps is considered one of the most important campaigns in naval history; a campaign that ended with the defeat of the powerful Spanish Armada in 1588. Cartographer Robert Adams created these [...]

Medieval Map of the known world 1450 and the Blue Marble comparison image
Jan 17, 2014Fra Mauro’s Mappamundi

Long before the famous Earthrise photo taken by Apollo astronauts, creating an image or map of the entire known world was a singular human endeavor. Imagine a half a millennium earlier when only those who had traveled could describe distant [...]

Landsat 8 and 1894 map dissolve image of San Francisco Bay area
Dec 23, 2013Northern San Francisco Bay, 1894

Maps often convey our relationship to the world. In this map of the northern San Francisco Bay and surrounding environs, the early development of the region is recorded in detail. The full and arduous title of this map is “Map showing portions [...]

Map of Sicily from 1791 by William Heather
Dec 6, 2013Sicily, from W. Heather & Co.’s A New Chart of the Mediterranean Sea, 1797.

Maps often help us manage our world. In 1797, when cartographic engraver and chart publisher William Heatheri released his New Chart of the Mediterranean Sea, he had the needs of sea merchants foremost in mind.

Geographia: From Antiquity to the Space Age
Nov 21, 2013Geographia: From Antiquity to the Space Age

From the petroglyphs of ancient societies to the stunning views of our planet from space, humans have endeavored to visualize and accurately map our world. As early geographers recorded the experiences from travelers and merchants, they created [...]

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 [...]

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 Enters Orbit - Landsat 8 successfully separates from [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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   [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Jun 22, 2006Classroom Activities

Title Description Keywords DLESE (external link)Description For Grades K-12 Mission Geography (external link) These curriculum support materials link the content, skills, and perspectives of Geography for Life: The National Geography Read more [...]

Aug 22, 2005Salish-Kootenai Tribal College Internships

Student projects from summer 2005: Landcover classification specific to timber typing in the buffer zone of the Mission Range. This student was looking for dominant species composition using both aerial photos and Landsat data. For a further [...]