2021 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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Nominations for the 2021 William T. Pecora Award are now being accepted through May 14, 2021. 

William T. Pecora

William T. Pecora, Director of the USGS from 1965 to 1971.

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The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The award is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

The award was established in 1974 to honor the memory of Dr. William T. Pecora, former Director of the U.S. Geological Survey and Under Secretary, Department of the Interior.  Dr. Pecora was a motivating force behind the establishment of a program for civil remote sensing of the Earth from space.  His early vision and support helped establish what we know today as the Landsat satellite program. 

The Award Committee must receive nominations for the 2021 award by May 14, 2021.   Additional questions can be directed to the Committee at pecora@usgs.gov 

Visit this USGS page for eligibility requirements and the nomination process.