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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...

Guinness World Record For Aging Landsat 5
2013-02-12 07:14:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new Guinness World's Record title for "longest-operating Earth observation satellite" has been set by NASA's Landsat 5, according to an email from Guinness World Records to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Landsat 5 has delivered high quality, global data of Earth's land surface for 28 years and 10 months, outliving its three-year design life. The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force base in Lompoc, California on...

Landsat Captures Texas 'Crop Circles'
2012-04-30 03:51:20

[ Watch the Video ] A water-rich polka dot pattern takes over the traditional rectangular patchwork of fields in this time series animation of 40 years of Landsat images. In the dry Texas panhandle near the town of Dalhart, this transformation is due to center-pivot irrigation, a farming method that improves water distribution to fields. It was invented by farmer Frank Zybach in 1949. Center-pivot irrigation works by pumping water from the center of the field through a long pipe that...

ESA Opens Landsat Archives
2011-11-24 04:23:39

Over 30 years of archived data from the US Landsat Earth-observing satellites are now available, free of charge. The majority of these products are unique to ESA´s archive and have never before been accessible anywhere else by the scientific user community. In its archives, ESA holds around two million products that cover Europe and North Africa. The total amount of data available is worth about 450 terabytes — that´s equivalent to about 900 000 hours of audio recorded at...

Image 1 - First Round Of Thermal Vacuum Testing For Landsat's TIRS Instrument
2011-11-02 09:03:23

[ Watch the Video ] The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The two-month test marked the first time engineers evaluated the fully-assembled instrument at its normal operating temperature, a frigid 43 Kelvin (-382° F). The verdict is that TIRS is living up to its design and even exceeding expectations in some areas. The...

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2011-06-17 09:28:43

In a Landsat 5 satellite image captured June 11, 2011, flooding is still evident both east and west of the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss. Standing water is most apparent, however, in the floodplain between the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers north of Vicksburg. On May 19, 2011, the Mississippi River reached a historic crest at Vicksburg. According to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service, the river reached 57.10 feet (17.40 meters) that...

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2011-06-13 12:45:00

Satellites provide a lot of useful information and the Landsat 5 satellite captured an image of the long damage track created on June 1, 2011 when a tornado tracked from Springfield to Sturbridge, Mass. An earlier image is now available from 2010 that enables people to more clearly see the damage path the June 2011 twister created on its eastward track. A Landsat 5 satellite image from October 8, 2010 has been released from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey that shows the area between...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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