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October 26, 2021

Image of the Week - Kilauea 2021

The volcanic activity of Kilauea continues on the island of Hawaii. The latest eruption began within Halema'uma'u Crater on September 29. The previous eruption just ended in May 2021. Before that, major lava flows covered the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island in 2018. This latest eruption included vigorous fountaining up to 50-60m high. Landsat 8 infrared imagery reveals

October 6, 2021

Image of the Week - Volcano on Spain's La Palma Island

Fissures opened on the Cumbre Vieja volcano on September 19. It's the first time it has erupted since 1971.

Landsat 8 shows the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands, home to more than 86,000 people. Thousands in the path of the lava flows were evacuated. Tall fountains poured lava downhill to the west. Lava up to 12 meters thick has destroyed hundreds of

September 27, 2021

Landsat 9 Launch from Vandenberg: 3 Views

Landsat 9 Launch from Vandenberg: 3 Views

Three views of the Landsat 9 launch on September 27, 2021. Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket took place at 11:12 local time from Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc, California. Mild fog and the "marine layer" of clouds cleared just enough to see the first 10 seconds of flight from 4 miles away at the OS-45 viewing area (

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September 26, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 60 – Landsat 9 Launch Part 1

Landsat 9 launched into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Monday, September 27, 2021, to carry on the legacy of a nearly 50-year record of continuous Earth observation that began in 1972. The days leading up to the event saw guests from around the world descend upon Santa Barbara County in California to watch the historic event take place. Over the next few weeks,

September 23, 2021

Landsat 9 Launch Trajectory Animation

When #Landsat9 is launched from Lompoc, CA, a ULA Atlas V booster will lift it out over the Pacific Ocean, over 2,500 miles away in the first 15 minutes, rising quickly. If all goes as expected, about an hour later Landsat 9 will be in orbit, 438 miles high, falling around the Earth at 16,760 miles per hour, positioned to capture years of imagery.

The Landsat

September 23, 2021

Landsat Launches - Looking Back

A short look back at the the history of Landsat launches through the historic articles of the Lompoc Record publication.

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September 23, 2021

Landsat Launches - Looking Back (AD)

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A short look back at the the history of Landsat launches through the historic articles of the Lompoc Record publication.

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September 22, 2021

Earth Observation User Case Study: Power of the Pixel - 1972 to 2021

Social scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center – in collaboration with the USGS National Land Imaging Program – conduct Earth observation user case studies using qualitative research methods. Using standard scientific methods, they are better able to understand the variety of Earth observation users, including how they use and value

September 20, 2021

Image of the Week - Fires Worldwide as Seen by Landsat 8

Landsat satellites acquire useful data on wildfires around the world. Their near infrared and shortwave infrared imaging allows for detection and mapping of fire, smoke, and burn scars often in remote areas.

In California: the Dixie Fire near Lake Almanor and the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe.

In Israel: over 6,000 acres in the Jerusalem Hills just west of

September 10, 2021

Image of the Week - Ida Rains on Eastern Pennsylvania

The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped several inches of rain on eastern Pennsylvania.

These Landsat images show the Schuylkill River west of Philadelphia where muddied waters rose in several communities.

This image from August 26th shows typical river levels in the Phoenixville area.

A USGS stream gauge in Philadelphia exceeded flood stage levels by

September 1, 2021

Image of the Week - Caldor Fire Expands Toward Lake Tahoe

The Caldor fire in California started on August 14, 2021 and quickly spread in high winds.

The fire continues to expand toward the Lake Tahoe area as residents evacuate.

This image was captured on August 21, the 8th day.

Landsat 8's near infrared and shortwave infrared bands reveal active fire, burn scars, and smoke.

Landsat's thermal and

color photo of Stefanie Kagone and Aaron Friesz with the graphic for the EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
August 31, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 58 - Satellites and Cloud Computing

Satellite imagery is everywhere. We see it on TV news and weather coverage, in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and on our phones’ mapping apps. The data behind that imagery is nothing like a screenshot, though. It’s comprised of tiny packets of data, broken down from huge files and digitally manipulated to resemble the surface of the Earth, a swirling storm system or a map