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Landsat 9 Transition Time Event Information

On August 10-11, 2022  a series of meetings and a ceremony will take place in and around the Earth Resource Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD which will facilitate the transfer of responsibility and ownership of the Landsat 9 Mission from NASA to the USGS.

Click for COVID Information (updated 8/5/2022)

On August 10th there will be presentations from the Landsat user community with an evening reception hosted by the Sioux Falls Community. The official signing ceremony between the USGS and NASA will be the afternoon of August 11th.

Landsat 9 is the first satellite developed under the Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) partnership between NASA and the Department of Interior’s USGS. The NASA team builds the satellite bus and its imaging sensors, and the USGS team prepares the ground system to operate the satellite, collect, and calibrate data from the sensors on-board to ensure long-term quality and consistency, and deliver high quality image data to the user community. Please join us for the celebration as the USGS accepts full operational responsibility for Landsat 9. 

Learn more about the Landsat Program on the USGS Landsat Mission and NASA Landsat Mission web pages.

Please Note: If you are expected to be an attendee or presenter at the Landsat 9 Mission Transition and Handover Review (closed technical review for the panel) on the morning of Aug 11th (0830-1130), you will receive a separate e-mail with the agenda, location and the optional Teams Meeting information.


Agendas and Virtual Meeting Links

Download the meeting links for the L9T2 August 10-11 Virtual meetings

Download the agenda for the L9T2 August 10-11 Schedule of Events (updated 8/08/2022)

Download the agenda for the Landsat Transition Time (L9T2) Ceremony (updated 8/04/2022)

Download the agenda for the Landsat Science Team Summer Meeting (updated 8/08/2022) 



Downtown Holiday Inn 
Address: 100 W 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 855.680.3239
Block: "Landsat 9 Transition"
Block Expires: Jul 30, 2022 
Block Nights: Aug 8-Aug 12 (M-F) 

Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center 
Address:1211 N W Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.331.0100
Block: "Landsat9 Transition"
Block Expires: Aug 3, 2022
Block Nights: Aug 9-12 (T-F) 


Visiting EROS

Map to USGS EROS Center
Map to USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. 

The EROS Director’s Office and Facilities Management are dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for visitors to our facility. The following information is intended to inform EROS visitors of the safety and security requirements to better insure that everyone has a safe and secure visit.

All public visitors’ vehicles and persons will need to be screened prior to being allowed access onto Federal property. All visitors are required to stop at the main gate where you will receive additional instructions.  A parking pass will be issued and you will be directed to the Visitor parking lot.

Upon entrance to the visitor main lobby, you will be processed through a security check point. Only bring in items that are necessary. Cameras and video recorders are allowed inside the facility with some restrictions. Taking pictures outside the Center is not authorized without permission. Animals are not allowed on Federal property unless they are documented working animals with a valid license or certification to do so.

USGS requires all visitors to present government-issued identification for access to its facilities. Visitors age 16 or older will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification (federal, state, or local), such as a driver's license, an enhanced driver’s license, or a passport. Visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent, sponsor, or guardian) that can verify identities. All public visitors driving a vehicle must have a driver’s license.


COVID Information (updated 8/5/2022)

The CDC raised the local COVID Community Level to High on August 4, 2022.  USGS is still planning to hold the Landsat Science Team Meetings and the Landsat 9 Transition events but additional protocols have been put in place for the event. 

Please read the list of safety protocols before you arrive so you are prepared.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  1. Thursday’s events will be held outside under a canopy tent.  The weather is expected to be hot so please plan accordingly.
  2. Masks will be mandatory inside the EROS facility, but not required outside or under the event tent.
    1. Cloth and disposable masks will be available.
  3. All attendees will be required to fill out the Certification of Vaccination Form before entering the EROS Facility.  The form can be filled out ahead of time and printed or digital copies are accepted.
    1. In-person attendees who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or who decline to provide information about their vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from a test administered within three days immediately prior to the date of entry at the in-person event.  
      1. Acceptable COVID tests include the following:
        1. In-store or drive-through point-of-care (POC) testing, such as at pharmacies
        2. Swab-testing capabilities that enable an individual to collect the specimen, using a self-collection kit, and drop it off at a designated collection location or ship it to a laboratory
        3. Over the counter (OTC) tests, as long as those tests are not both self-administered and self-read by the employee unless observed by a licensed physician or licensed health practitioner, as that term is defined under 5 C.F.R. § 339.104
        4. Other self-administered tests, as long as those tests are not also self-read by the employee unless observed by a licensed physician or a licensed health practitioner, as that term is defined under 5 C.F.R. § 339.104.
  4. All in-person attendees who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or who decline to provide information about their vaccination status are required to physical distance when inside the facility.
  5. Registration desks will be located outside or inside the front door of the facility so plan to check in when you arrive.  Staff will be available to answer any questions as well.


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