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Landsat Headlines - 2013

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November 20, 2013 - New Ground Control Available Soon for Select Path/Rows

New Ground Control Points (GCPs) will become available for a number of WRS-1 and WRS-2 path/rows on December 5, 2013.

November 15, 2013 - Changes in World’s Forests Portrayed Using Landsat 7 Data

A new study discussing the importance of forest ecosystems has been published in the November issue of Science magazine.

November 14, 2013 - Landsat 8 Reprocessing Rescheduled

The previously-planned reprocessing effort of all Landsat 8 data in the USGS archive will begin in early 2014.

October 28, 2013 - Upcoming Landsat 8 Reprocessing

Within the upcoming weeks, all Landsat 8 data held in the USGS archive will be reprocessed using updated calibration parameters for OLI and TIRS data.

October 17, 2013 - Landsat Data Processing Resumes

Processing has resumed for Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 data acquired from October 1, 2013 to October 17, 2013.

September 30, 2013 - Operations Update

In the event that U.S. Federal agencies are confronted with a lapse in appropriations on October 1, 2013, the Landsat 7 and 8 satellites will continue mission essential operations.

September 27, 2013 - Landsat 7 Thermal Band Calibration Update

Effective October 1, 2013, the calibration of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Band 6 will be updated to correct a bias error that has been present in all thermal data since the last calibration update in 2010.

September 27, 2013 - CPF update for Offset Following Safehold

On September 19, 2013 (DOY 262) at approximately 20:08 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced an unplanned transition to safe hold following an attitude control anomaly.

September 24, 2013 - Landsat 8 safehold update

On Saturday September 21, 2013, the Landsat 8 flight operations team successfully recovered the Landsat 8 observatory from ‘safehold’ and resumed the collection of science data at 17:07:03 GMT (11:07:03 CDT).

September 19, 2013 - Landsat 8 in Safehold

On September 19, 2013 at 15:38 CDT, Landsat 8 entered a ‘safehold’ condition that has suspended the collection of science data.

September 16, 2013 - Notice of Landsat 8 Data Reprocessing

The Landsat project has determined that a bias correction needs to be applied to Landsat 8 thermal infrared sensor (TIRS) band 10 (10.3 - 11.3 um) data.

July 16, 2013 - Landsat 8 QA Data Tool Available

The USGS now offers a tool that accurately translates and interprets Landsat 8 OLI Quality Assessment (QA) bits, within the Landsat QA Tools.

July 8, 2013 - Old data being made newly available

As part of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation effort, the first international Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) data from Canada has been added to the archive!

July 1, 2013 - All Early Landsat 8 Data Available!

All Early Landsat 8 Data Available!

June 5, 2013 - Final command sent to Landsat 5

For over 29 years, commands have been sent to Landsat 5 for acquisitions, orbital maneuvers, to fix problems, and even to avoid space junk.

May 30, 2013 - Landsat 8 Data Available!

NASA has declared that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission's on-orbit checkout is complete, and it has been renamed Landsat 8 with the hand-off of operations to the USGS!

May 17, 2013 - Surface reflectance is now available

Surface reflectance is now available as a Landsat climate data record (CDR) product through EarthExplorer.

May 15, 2013 - Fly with LDCM!

On April 19, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission passed over one long swath from Russia to southern Africa.

May 13, 2013 - Wildfire data available for download

Last week, NASA Earth Observatory released a change pair of Landsat Data Continuity Mission images that showed before and after the southern California wildfire.

May 9, 2013 - Landsat 8 view of southern California burn scar

Stunning before and after images of the burn scar of the southern California wildfire have been released on the NASA Earth Observatory page.

May 1, 2013 - Landsat Data Continuity Mission on WRS-2: Sample Data Available!

Since launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has been gradually making its way to operational orbit (called WRS-2) at 705 km (438 miles) above the surface of Earth.

May 1, 2013 - Landsat 5 MSS 2012-2013 Data Available

The workhorse of the Landsat 5 mission was the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument. In November of 2011, the TM failed, and the MultiSpectral Scanner (MSS) instrument was brought back online a few months later.

April 26, 2013 - USGS and NASA to Host Social Media Event

On May 30, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will begin its life's work as an operational mission under the new moniker Landsat 8.

April 25, 2013 - Old Metadata Format to be Removed

For over 6 months, Landsat 1-7 products have included a new metadata format to align with operational data from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

April 23, 2013 - Landsat Data Continuity Mission Images of the Salton Sea

Wondering what the thermal band is all about? Check out this LDCM Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) example from the Salton Sea.

April 8, 2013 - New LDCM/Landsat 8 Image Examples Available!

Greenbelt, Vandenberg, Gilbert and Sioux Falls: these four areas played important roles in the creation and implementation of the LDCM.

March 21, 2013 - First image from LDCM!

On March 18, 2013, the first images were taken with the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).

March 8, 2013 - Landsat 7 Lifetime Calibration Update

The Calibration team has recently documented that the gains of the reflective bands have degraded over the past 14 years.

February 21, 2013 - LDCM begins on-orbit testing

While the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch on February 11th was the conclusion of years of effort, it was also a beginning.

February 11, 2013 - The Launch of LDCM

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:02 a.m. PST on February 11, 2013.

February 11, 2013 - Landsat 5 Sets Guinness World Record

Landsat 5 successfully set the new Guinness World Records title for 'Longest-operating Earth observation satellite’ as stated in an e-mail from Guinness World Records sent to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

January 17, 2013 - Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD)

The 2012 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) GeoTIFF data products are now available to download.

January 14, 2013 - LDCM Media Briefing Held

NASA recently held a media briefing about the upcoming launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which is scheduled to launch February 11, 2013.

January 9, 2013 - Watch LDCM launch prep

LDCM now resides at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but there are still necessary steps to complete to get ready for launch on February 11, 2013.

January 7, 2013 - Landsat Science Team Meeting

Landsat Science Team members presented their research objectives and plans at the Landsat Science Team Meeting in Washington, D.C. on December 12 -13, 2012.

January 3, 2013 - Surface Reflectance Data Available

Landsat Surface Reflectance Climate Data Records (CDR) for Global Land Survey (GLS) collections 2000, 2005, and 2010 are now available from the Landsat CDR/ECV data set on EarthExplorer.