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Landsat Headlines - 2012

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December 21, 2012 - The End of an Era

Today, the USGS announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history.

December 14, 2012 - Witness a bit of history!

NASA is hosting a social media event at the launch of Landsat 8 in Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in early February.

November 27, 2012 - Sabers talks about Landsat 8

Jenn Sabers, Remote Sensing Branch Chief at the USGS EROS Center, answers questions about Landsat science, the Landsat legacy, and the future of the mission.

November 7, 2012 - Members of the Landsat Science Team Interviewed on SDPB

Drs. Dennis Helder and David Roy were interviewed on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Dakota Midday about Landsat 8 and their roles in the Landsat Science Team.

October 30, 2012 - Landsat TM data removed from downloadable state

All Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) scenes were removed from downloadable state on October 29, 2012, to resolve issues with thermal band 6 processing.

October 26, 2012 - Landsat 5 Thermal band 6 issues

Issues have been identified with thermal band 6 of Landsat Thematic Mapper processed data, due to the Calibration Parameter File (CPF) updates implemented on October 1, 2012.

October 22, 2012 - LTWG#21 Meets in Sioux Falls, SD

The Landsat Technical Working Group #21 (LTWG#21) meeting was held in Sioux Falls, SD, USA, on September 24 through September 28, 2012.

October 19, 2012 - New Landsat Science Team Announced

The USGS, in cooperation with NASA, has selected an expert team of scientists and engineers to provide technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program.

October 19, 2012 - New Earthshots Website

The USGS EROS Center recently released a revised and updated Earthshots.

October 15, 2012 - New GLS Visualization Interface Available

The USGS EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) GLS Visualization Interface was released today.

October 1, 2012 - Remote Sensing of Environment Landsat Legacy Special Issue

The July 2012 edition of Remote Sensing of Environment is a special Landsat Legacy issue.

September 28, 2012 - Landsat releases quarterly Calibration Parameter File

Once a quarter, the radiometry experts on the Landsat team craft a new Calibration Parameter File (CPF), which is then incorporated into processing new and archived data.

September 4, 2012 - 9 million Landsat downloads...and counting

The use of Landsat data has exploded since the USGS began distributing the data at no cost via the internet.

August 20, 2012 - Delayed Release of Metadata Changes

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the release that will align the Landsat 1 through Landsat 8 metadata has been delayed.

July 23, 2012 - USGS Rolls Out New LandsatLook Viewer

In honor of this, the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch, and in preparation for Landsat 8 in February 2013, the USGS has rolled out a prototype viewer that allows easy access to the over 3 million scenes in the Landsat archive.

July 23, 2012 - Landsat celebrates 40th anniversary

In honor of this, the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch, and in preparation for Landsat 8 in February 2013, the USGS has rolled out a prototype viewer that allows easy access to the over 3 million scenes in the Landsat archive.

June 11, 2012 - Vote for Your Favorite Landsat Image!

In celebration of Landsat's 40th anniversary, we invite you to vote on some of the prettiest Landsat scenes in our archive.

June 6, 2012 - Landsat 7 Back on Track

In late April, Landsat 7 had to move away from a piece of oncoming space debris.

June 4, 2012 - Aging Landsat 5 Changes Glasses

At 28, Vintage Satellite Finds New Life with Alternate Imaging System.

May 24, 2012 - Landsat Contest Offers View of Local Landscape Change from Space

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

May 14, 2012 - Landsat 7 Maneuver to Return to WRS

Landsat 7 maneuvered away from a piece of space debris in mid-April, which meant that some data are outside of the Worldwide Reference System.

May 8, 2012 - Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Ceases Routine Acquisitions - Update

After a silent winter, the USGS turned on the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) in late April to determine the state of the electronics problem that suspended operations in November, 2011.

April 25, 2012 - Testing the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper

Plans to test the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper downlink begin today, April 25, 2012.

April 18, 2012 - Landsat 7 Maneuvers to Avoid Space Debris

More than half a million pieces of space junk are in orbit floating in and around operational missions.

April 12, 2012 - Landsat 5 Captures MSS Data

Landsat 5 recently captured and downlinked Multispectral Scanner (MSS) images for the first time in over a decade.

April 10, 2012 - USGS Seeks Landsat Science Team Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey, Center for EROS, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is seeking proposals from scientists and engineers interested in serving on the Landsat Science Team.

March 5, 2012 - Anne Castle, DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, recently discussed Landsat's 40 years

At the Association for American Geographer's Annual Meeting, Anne Castle spoke to Landsat's long legacy, its benefit to humanity, and the future of the mission.

March 2, 2012 - LDCM Observatory

LDCM Observatory with both instruments onboard, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). LDCM is due to launch in January 2013.

March 1, 2012 - Happy 28th Birthday Landsat 5!

March 1, 2012: Happy 28th Birthday Landsat 5!

February 29, 2012 - Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#40)

The 40th Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group Meeting was held January 30 through February 3, 2012, in Bali, Indonesia.

February 16, 2012 - USGS extends suspension of operations for Landsat 5

Landsat 5 imaging was suspended in November 2011 when a vital transmission component showed signs of imminent failure.

February 10, 2012 - The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument was shipped from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in Gilbert, Arizona, where it will be integrated with the LDCM satellite bus built by OSC.

February 8, 2012 - Dr. Alan Belward discusses the value of Landsat.

Alan Belward, head of the Land Resource Management Unit with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the European Commission's Joint Research Center, talks about why Landsat is important to global forest mapping.

February 7, 2012 - The NASA TIRS instrument

The NASA TIRS instrument development team successfully completed the Pre-Ship Review (PSR), capping a major milestone for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

January 19, 2012 - The TIRS instrument

The TIRS instrument completed the last of its functional testing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.