Latest Landsat Stories

New Landsat Satellite Data Just A Few Clicks Away
2013-09-05 14:16:25

ESA Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the US Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat-8, are now accessible in near-real time through a new portal hosted by ESA. About 150 000 new products from the Landsat-5 satellite are available for direct download, free of charge. The products from the satellite’s Thematic Mapper instrument were acquired...

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...

Landsat 8 Launching On Monday
2013-02-10 05:02:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has given the Landsat mission a go for launch on Monday, during which the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft will ride aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket towards its orbit. So far, the liftoff is scheduled for 10:02 a.m. (PST) on Monday, assuming weather conditions prove to be favorable. This satellite is the eighth in a series that began in 1972, aimed at extending the more than 40 years of global...

2013-01-11 11:32:45

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972. The mission will extend more than 40 years of global land observations that are critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, forest...

Landsat Sets Standard For Maps Of World's Forests
2012-06-20 03:56:28

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Earth-observing fleet of satellites provides a worldwide and unbiased view with standardized scientific data -- information crucial for tracking the health of the world's forests. Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA satellites to track and measure their forests in advance of a United Nations effort to reduce climate change by providing "carbon credits" for protected land. The concept is known as REDD+, which stands for Reducing Emissions from...

2009-09-23 09:22:30

The U.S. Geological Survey says data from Landsat satellites played a central role in the creation of a new, award-winning type of water use mapping. Using Landsat imagery supplied by the USGS in combination with ground-based water data, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the University of Idaho developed a novel method to create water-use maps that are accurate to the scale of individual fields, USGS officials said. The USGS Landsat archive, dating back to1972, has proven to be a...

2009-09-08 13:03:57

The U.S. Geological Survey says its 25-year-old Landsat 5 satellite is back in service collecting data after beginning to tumble in space last month. Engineers at the USGS Landsat Flight Operations Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., said the historically reliable Earth observation satellite began tumbling Aug. 13. Scientists immediately started processes to protect the satellite and to restore capability. Landsat 5 continues to collect data, the USGS said in a statement. In fact, the one-millionth...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'