Landsat Science Archive

Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Apr 10, 2018Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review a success.

soybean field

Apr 4, 2018Satellites, Supercomputers, and Machine Learning Provide Real-Time Crop Type Data

Scientists have proven a new technique for distinguishing the corn and soybean crops using satellite data and the processing power of supercomputers.

Landsat Science Team

Mar 19, 2018Winter 2018 Landsat Science Team Presentations Available

Landsat Science Team presentations form the Feb. 2018 meeting are available.

Glen Canyon Dam

Mar 15, 2018Land Under Water: Estimating Hydropower’s Land Use Impacts

A team of Norwegian-based researchers has developed an innovative way to describe how much land it takes to generate a kilowatt-hour of electricity from hydropower.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

Mar 15, 2018Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

The Landsat 9 spacecraft component successfully completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) demonstrating that the program meets all technical performance measures and requirements.

Bear cubs in the wild

Mar 12, 2018Does a Bear Smile in the Woods? Citizen Scientists and Satellites Find Out

NASA satellites are helping Wisconsin develop a clearer picture of its diverse and abundant fauna.

map of forest damage on Puerto Rico

Mar 1, 2018Assessing the Impact of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Forests

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine and Landsat 8.

TIRS-2 inspections

Mar 1, 2018TIRS-2 Testing: A Landsat 9 Instrument Takes Shape

TIRS-2 is being built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. TIRS-2 build, as with any science-grade space-based instrument, involves lots of testing.

Brian Markham

Feb 27, 2018USGS Video: Landsat In Action—Landsat’s Calibration and Validation

Engineers and scientists from both Landsat and Sentinel missions talk about working together to calibrate observation data and validate its quality to improve the science using these resources.

Warren Cohen

Feb 26, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Forestry Research with Warren Cohen

Warren Cohen from the USDA Forest Service talks about the value of Landsat’s long history of observations in monitoring and assessing forests.

still from Open Air

Feb 22, 2018Artist Grayson Cooke Explores the Forces that Shape Earth with Landsat

Feb 22, 2018 • “Open Air” is a media project of Australia-based artist Grayson Cooke that features Landsat 8 imagery as it explores how time and elemental forces work together to shape our planet. In “Open Air,” Cooke plays with […]

Antarctic ice flow map

Feb 20, 2018New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule

Feb 14, 2018Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule

Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Landsat Summer 2017 Science Team Summary Available

Feb 13, 2018Landsat Summer 2017 Science Team Summary Available

A five-page summary of the 2017 Landsat Science Team Summer Meeting is now available.

Landsat 8

Feb 9, 2018Seeing Earth From Space Never Gets Old: Five Years of Landsat 8

Landsat 8 continues a streak of engineering and science success unmatched in spaceflight.

L8 launch

Feb 9, 2018Landsat 8 at Five

Landsat 8 marks five years since launch.

Martha Anderson

Feb 5, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Crop Land with Martha Anderson

Martha Anderson talks about the value of Landsat and its thermal data for understanding agricultural lands.

Leif Olmanson

Jan 30, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson talks about the value of Landsat data for monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.

water quality map

Jan 26, 2018UNESCO Launches a Pioneering Tool to Monitor Water Quality

Using data from Landsat and Sentinel-2, UNESCO is providing freshwater quality information at the global scale.

Barbara Ryan

Jan 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Free & Open Landsat Archive with Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan, Director of GEO talks about the distribution of Landsat data.

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