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Tracking Fires From Space
2013-08-10 05:59:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As wildfires rage across California, NASA scientists are using satellite imagery to both monitor the current blaze and create models designed to predict where future fires might occur. "Over the last 30 years we have seen an increase in hot and dry conditions that promote fire activity," said Doug Morton, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "And across the western US and Alaska, satellites show an increase...

2 Guinness World Records Set With Help From Goddard Space Flight Center
2013-06-21 10:24:25

NASA Setting two world records in two consecutive months, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., helped share some of NASA's amazing accomplishments. The awards highlight the tremendous amount of work by many of the center’s engineers, scientists and communicators. At the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (now called Landsat 8) launch, the first of these two world records was announced. During the NASA social on Feb. 10, 2013, the Landsat team announced Landsat 5 had set...

New Landsat 8 Images Available Free Online
2013-06-12 13:00:28

Watch the video "Landsat Looking At El Paso, Texas" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than 40 years after the launch of its first satellite, the Landsat program continues to deliver comprehensive and publicly available satellite imagery. Earlier this month, images from the program´s latest satellite Landsat 8 were made available via the Internet. “These are scientific data, as much as they´re beautiful images,” said Doug Morton, a physical...

NASA's Landsat 8 Project Officially Handed Over To USGS Control
2013-05-31 08:48:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Landsat 8 mission will continue under the control of the US Geological Survey (USGS), after a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday officially saw the reins being handed over from one agency to the other. "Landsat is a centerpiece of NASA's Earth Science program," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a statement from Washington. "Landsat 8 carries on a long tradition of Landsat satellites that for more...

2013-05-30 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event marks the beginning of the satellite's mission to extend an unparalleled four-decade record of monitoring Earth's landscape from space. Landsat 8 is the latest in the Landsat series of remote-sensing satellites, which have...

NASA's Landsat Satellite Searching For A Cloud-Free View
2013-05-23 09:07:13

NASA For decades, Landsat satellites have documented the desiccation of the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Once one of the largest seas in the world, it shrunk to a tenth of its original volume after Russia diverted its feeder rivers in the 1960s. Scientists studying the Aral Sea's changing ecology and retreating shoreline have looked to Landsat -- and a new feature of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will help ensure they get a clear, cloud-free view. One of two new spectral bands...

New Public Application Of Landsat Images Released By Google
2013-05-10 09:40:55

NASA Google released more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space Thursday compiled into an interactive time-lapse experience. Working with data from the Landsat Program managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the images display an historical perspective on changes to Earth's surface over time. NASA Associate Administrator for Communications David Weaver issued the following statement about the Google announcement: "The Landsat data record -- humanity's longest...

NASA Studies Volcanoes From Space
2013-05-07 14:59:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By using both optical and thermal sensing instruments onboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, NASA scientists were able to create a comprehensive image of the Pacific´s Paluweh volcano in mid-eruption. Taken on April 29, 2013, the images show the island volcano with a plume of ash appearing to drift northwest and over Indonesia's Flores Sea. While the satellite's Operational Land Imager detected the white...

LDCM Satellite Takes Temperature Of The Salton Sea
2013-04-22 10:58:37

NASA An image from an instrument aboard NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission or LDCM satellite may look like a typical black-and-white image of a dramatic landscape, but it tells a story of temperature. The dark waters of the Salton Sea pop in the middle of the Southern California desert. Crops create a checkerboard pattern stretching south to the Mexican border. If you looked at the Salton Sea in person, your eyes would not see anything presented in the LDCM image. Instead of showing...

A New View From A New Landsat Mission
2013-03-22 05:59:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA officials announced on Thursday the release of the first images taken by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched in February. According to the US space agency, the pictures were taken by LDCM on March 8 at approximately 1:40pm EDT. They depict the intersection of the Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado, and were acquired using the satellite´s...