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Date published: October 25, 2021

TNMCorps Newsletter – October 2021

The National Map Corps October 2021 Newsletter (Vol. 7, Issue 5) is now available.

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 21, 2021

OpenET Launch Gives EROS Scientists—and Water Managers—Reason to Celebrate

The Landsat 9 satellite’s launch September 27 will ensure the continuity of thermal imaging for the work of the evapotranspiration (ET) team at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

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 19, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for Law Enforcement in KS & OK

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

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 14, 2021

FINISHED!! TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for Law Enforcement in KS & OK

This challenge is now complete! Thanks to everyone who participated!

October 7, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Activities Newsletter July-September 2021

The USGS provides research and monitoring to better understand and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Our technical reports and journal articles, which we translate into science summaries, provide the findings used by federal, state, and local decisionmakers to inform restoration and conservation decisions. Here are some recent highlights.

Learn more about USGS Chesapeake Bay activities

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 5, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for Schools with No Edit History in Colorado

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Date published: October 4, 2021

Drones, Mirrors, Gear Galore—Welcome to a Satellite Validation Event

An invasion of sorts took place recently in an alfalfa field in northeastern Brookings, SD.

It wasn’t an invasion of unwanted species—though it does ultimately help monitor environmental issues. Rather, the field bustled with drones in the air, angled panels of mirrors and pools of water on the ground, and people roaming the field with gear and wands.

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.