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Date published: January 13, 2021

Atlas displays beauty, variety, and value of Landsat water images

Landsat satellites exist to provide information—millions of images’ worth of information—about the Earth’s surface.

Date published: January 13, 2021

Fort Collins Science Center Scientists have strong presence at AGU Fall Meeting 2020

Fort Collins Science Center scientists had multiple presentations and poster submissions, as well as one award, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2020. The Meeting was the largest worldwide virtual conference in the Earth and space sciences, with over 20,000 attendees. 

Date published: January 5, 2021

First Orbital Space Flight Operations Coming to EROS, South Dakota

South Dakota’s first foray into orbital space flight operations is unfolding at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls as work begins there on a backup Landsat Multi-Satellite Operations Center (bLMOC).

Date published: December 28, 2020

Looking Back: EROS Marks Major Milestones for 2020

The year of 2020 will be remembered largely for the global coronavirus pandemic, and with good reason: The impact was worldwide, sustained and continues into the new year.

Date published: December 17, 2020

LCMAP Collection 1 Science Products Available for Download as Conterminous U.S. Mosaics

USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) Collection 1 Science Products are now available as CONUS mosaics.

Date published: December 10, 2020

Landsat 9 Launch Delay Raises Questions about Science Data Acquisitions

The slipping of Landsat 9’s original launch readiness date from December 2020 to September 2021 brings with it uncertainty to the Landsat user community, but no real panic at this point.

Date published: December 9, 2020

USGS Supports the 2020 National Space Policy

In support of the President’s policy, USGS and NASA will leverage their full technological abilities to meet the nation’s growing environmental information needs.

Date published: December 2, 2020

Every Pixel in its Place: How Collections Unlock the Potential of the Landsat Archive

Landsat satellite data have never been as valuable or as useful to the science and applications community as they are today.

Landsat research was once largely a before-and-after affair, in which scientists would compare one date of imagery to another to find differences on the landscape.

Date published: December 2, 2020

USGS Releases the Most Advanced Landsat Archive to Date

USGS sets earth observation precedent with Landsat Collection 2 Dataset.

Date published: December 2, 2020

Water Monitoring, Mapping in Brazil Shows Value of Landsat Globally

For all of Landsat’s value to the United States—a 2017 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study placed the annual economic benefit of its data to this country at $2.06 billionthe satellite system plays a vital role as a global asset.

Date published: December 1, 2020

EROS Releases Collection 2, Boosting Cloud Access, Accuracy, Value of Landsat Archive

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is pleased to announce the December release of Landsat Collection 2, the most significant upgrade to the Landsat archive to date.

Date published: November 24, 2020

A Tribute to Dr. Michael Freilich

The USGS lost a good friend and partner earlier this year – Dr. Michael Freilich, former Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. The renaming of an international Sentinel 6 Earth observing satellite mission in his honor, and its successful launch on November 21, 2020, was a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.