Landsat Missions


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Date published: April 28, 2020

Making Use of MSS: The Effort to Fold the Earliest Data into the Landsat Record

It’s not uncommon for young scientists doing remote sensing research these days to use what they call the “full Landsat record” in their studies—a time frame they often characterize as 1984 to present.

Date published: April 21, 2020

Vanderhoof Uses Landsat to Look at the Ecological Impacts of Fire and Water

Melanie Vanderhoof works in the realms of fire and water, studying how they change landscapes and influence the ecological rhythms of Nature.

Date published: April 9, 2020

Remote Presentations No Problem for Successful Landsat 9 Mission Operations Review

USGS and NASA officials made remote presentations instead of traveling to the Goddard Space Flight Center March 31-April 1 to conduct a vital Mission Operations Review (MOR) for Landsat 9 (L9). But that didn’t stop them from knocking the review out of the park nonetheless.

Date published: March 17, 2020

Landsat Data Moving to Public Cloud in Early 2020

The USGS is placing a copy of its consolidated Landsat global data inventory into a commercial cloud in early 2020.

Date published: March 11, 2020

A Landsat Milestone: One Hundred Million Downloads

When the world began downloading the first freely available Landsat images on Oct. 1, 2008, a lot of people wondered just how much imagery would fly out of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) web-enabled doors.

The answer, it turns out, was a lot.

Date published: March 9, 2020

Users Realize Significant Economic, Societal Benefits of Landsat

What’s the value of data acquired from Landsat sensors when it comes to tracking toxic algal blooms in freshwater lakes? In monitoring vital habitat for threatened species? Or in regulating scarce water resources across drought-stricken landscapes?

Quite a bit, it turns out.

Date published: December 13, 2019

Landsat, EROS Factor Heavily in New National Policy Plan for Earth Observation

The Landsat program and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have long held and important place in the nation’s Earth observation (EO) policy.

Date published: December 11, 2019

Meet the USGS Landsat Project Scientist and Landsat Science Team Co-Chair

Christopher “Chris” Crawford likes to say his roles with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a research physical scientist, the Landsat Project Scientist, and co-chair of the Landsat Science Team are akin to staring down a foot of snow on the driveway.

Date published: December 4, 2019

Landsat, Collections Forum Updates Missions, Products, and Future Possibilities

EROS officials used a noon forum on Monday (Dec. 2) to provide high-level updates on multiple Landsat fronts—from progress on the building of Landsat 9 and its ground system to the status of existing Landsat satellites, the work of the Architecture Study Team on Landsat Next, and what’s happening with Landsat products and Collections.

Date published: November 22, 2019

Global Study Finds Algal Blooms Intensifying in Freshwater Lakes Worldwide

A study of global freshwater algal blooms funded in part by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Science Team (LST) Award has found that harmful blooms showing up more and more in various U.S. cities are intensifying in lakes worldwide as well.

Date published: November 19, 2019

International Cooperators Find Value, Collaboration in Joining Landsat Network

Landsat’s eyes in the sky captured a riveting story of rebirth across Australia’s central deserts this past spring of 2019.

Floodwaters from Queensland in north Australia killed an estimated 500,000 cattle and inundated homes before draining to the south, cascading over riverbanks and spilling across the floodplains toward the country’s lowest point at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

Date published: November 8, 2019

Indigenous Artwork Celebrates USGS, Geoscience Australia Landsat Partnership

A multi-decade partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia (GA) to monitor Earth’s landscapes using Landsat satellites now includes a new but also ancestral connection to their respective homelands.