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Date published: November 29, 2021

Pecora 22 Calls for Special Session Abstracts

The 22nd William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 22) will convene in Denver, Colorado, USA from October 23 – 28, 2022, and will focus on all aspects of Earth observation, spanning scientific discoveries to operational applications, and from sensors to decisions.

Date published: November 24, 2021

Landsat 9 Serves as Backbone of Efforts to Reduce Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The Landsat program has long been a powerful partner in the effort to manage and reduce carbon emissions worldwide.

The launch of Landsat 9 and its extension of the program’s nearly 50-year record of Earth surface change will help ensure the stability of those efforts, according to officials working with developing nations to monitor deforestation and forest degradation.

Date published: November 23, 2021

Upcoming changes to Landsat 7 and 8 CPF RSS filenames

As of December 1, 2021, the locations and filenames of RSS feeds that alert you to new Calibration Parameter Files (CPF) for Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 data will be changing as described below. 

Date published: November 12, 2021

Underfly Positions Landsat 9 Below Landsat 8 for Simultaneous Scenes

The newly launched Landsat 9 is experiencing a once-in-a-mission lifetime event where its orbit is directly below Landsat 8 for an “underfly.” For several days in the middle of November, the pair of Earth-observing satellites are flying together, collecting data at the same time for the same sites and requiring simultaneous downlinking to global ground station antennas.

Date published: November 8, 2021

First Images of Earth Taken by the Landsat 9 Satellite Released

Landsat 9, a joint mission from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that launched Sept. 27, has collected its first images of Earth.  

Date published: November 5, 2021

USGS, EROS Process ‘First Light’ Images from Landsat 9

The first images from the joint USGS-NASA Landsat 9 mission have been released, offering a preview of the high-quality Earth observation data that will be available from the program’s newest observatory in early 2022.

Date published: October 25, 2021

ESPA now includes Landsat Collection 2 Normalized Difference Snow Index

A new science product easily separates snow from vegetation in processed Landsat Collection 2 scenes from 1982 to present.

Date published: October 20, 2021

Landsat 9 Galleries: Launch Week

Santa Barbara County, CA, became a hub of Landsat activity in the last week of September 2021. That’s the week Landsat 9 launched into orbit on board an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Date published: October 18, 2021

Landsat Update October 2021

Landsat Updates are prepared periodically and distributed electronically to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

 

Date published: October 12, 2021

Reminder: Historic Prototype Viewers to be Decommissioned

As reported on September 17, 2021, the USGS is retiring the original LandsatLook 1.0 (now LandLook) and Sentinel2Look viewers at the end of the work day on Thursday, October 14,...

Date published: October 5, 2021

Landsat 9 Power-Positive and Proceeding Smoothly Through On-Orbit Checkout

Landsat 9 successfully launched on Monday, Sept 27, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. PDT and is now proceeding smoothly and accordingly through its scheduled on-orbit checkout period.

Date published: October 1, 2021

Landsat 9 Reaches Orbit, Makes Ground Contact to Continue Legacy

Landsat 9 is functioning as expected after its successful launch at 1:12 p.m. CT Monday, Sept. 27, from Vandenberg Space Force Base to join its two predecessors in orbit.

The Earth-observing satellite separated from the Atlas V rocket at 2:34 p.m. and made contact about 80 minutes later with the ground station at Svalbard, Norway.